ALEA calls on boat owners to be safe over Memorial Day weekend news
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) expects a lot of boat traffic in Orange Beach during Memorial Day weekend. Two great fishing tournaments, the opening of the recreational red snapper season and the holidays are sure to create a challenge for those on the water. ALEA’s Marine Patrol division reminds boaters to stay safe on the water.
Security checks and interaction with the boating public are what State Troopers on Orange Beach waters spend a great deal of their time doing. With the large number of boats expected on the water over the holiday weekend, there will be many dangers and distractions to navigate. ALEA asks people to think about safety first when dropping.
“In this area we see a lot of slow motion violations or no wake areas,” Private Jacob Manning said of the Perdido Pass area. “We see people not wearing their kill switches on the ships they make. Sometimes we see people sitting over the cannon or standing in front of the railing on a pontoon boat, stuff like that.
The situations described by Manning may put the operator of the vessel or persons on board the vessel at risk of injury. The soldiers also warn that alcohol and boating do not mix. Just like on the roads, there should always be a designated driver if there is alcohol on the boat.
“It’s very dangerous. Things can happen quickly,” Manning said. “It definitely interferes with your ability to operate a boat and with all the sun it does… amplify those effects.”
Jackson Broadhead lives in Bear Point and testified that he witnessed reckless behavior on his watercraft.
“You wouldn’t believe some of the things we’ve seen. We saw landlocked boats over there at the pass. We saw people fall because they were going up to a platform and going too fast, ”said Broadhead.
Boggy Point Boat Launch was a little busy for a Tuesday and there was no shortage of opinions on how best to tackle this vacation weekend on the water.
“I’m trying to stay out of the way,” said Matt Beech as he towed his boat. “Just the congestion. Its pretty hard.
“We usually go places where a lot of other people aren’t, so we try to get away from the traffic,” said Ethan Rowe as he got his boat ready for the launch.
The soldiers said to be safe and check all your safety gear before heading out on the water this weekend. Have a designated driver if there will be alcohol. Above all, stay aware of your surroundings and remember that everyone wants to come home safe.
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