Memorial Day weekend is the traditional kick off to the summer boating season for many and local authorities are promoting safety on the water.
Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police Officer John Williamson indicates they are focusing on life jackets again this summer. He says there should be a life jacket for each person on board and all passengers under the age of 12 are required to wear one.
If this weekend is going to be the first time you'll have the boat out on the water, Williamson notes a quick check of the boat's engine and life jackets that are on board is a good idea. He says rotted life jackets or ones with holes are not safe.
Authorities recommend if you're going to drink on the lake, bring a designated driver. Williamson notes alcohol consumption and operating a boat do not mix. He says there are just too many scenarios where having an impaired operator puts everyone on board at risk.
DNR officials say they anticipate a big crowd on Clinton Lake, especially with warmer weather expected for the holiday weekend.
Williamson encourages everyone to slow down, especially around other boaters, and get to your destination and home from your destination safely.