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DNR officials give boating safety tips ahead of holiday

Chippewa County (WQOW) – If you’re planning to hit the water this holiday weekend, DNR officials want to make sure you’re doing it safely.

Chippewa County DNR wardens recommend you plan ahead. They told News 18 you should check your boat to make sure it’s in working order, and the gas tank is full before you leave the dock. They also said you should let family or friends know where you’re going and when they can expect you back. Plus, you should always have a life vest for yourself and each passenger in your boat.

Warden Jamin Leuzzo expects the waterways to busy over the Fourth of July holiday, “You would hate to have a fatality or some other accident happen because someone’s being careless, because everyone’s out there trying to enjoy it,” Leuzzo said. “The safety rules are in place to try to mitigate the risk of that happening.”

Leuzzo also said just like driving, you will get arrested for operating a boat while drunk, so you should designate a sober driver for your boat and car. Friday kicks off the DNR’s “Operation Dry Water” campaign. Local, state and federal officials will be out on the water, monitoring for drunk or drugged boaters.

You can find more information from the DNR about boating in Wisconsin here.

Samantha Wensel

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