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Safe Boating for Memorial Day Weekend

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For Memorial Day weekend, the Missouri Water Patrol is reminding you to be safe when you use a boat. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

With expectations of crowded lakes over Memorial Day weekend, the Missouri Water Patrol is reminding you to be safe when you use a boat.

This week is National Safe Boating week, a time to think about ways to keep you and your passengers safe when you're enjoying area lakes.

Sergeant Ralph Bledsoe is the Director of Public Information for the Water Patrol.

He says carelessness and drinking alcohol contribute to accidents.

Bledsoe says state law requires each boat to have enough life jackets for everyone on board.

He says the life jackets should be in good condition and suitable for the size of the passengers.

Missouri law does not require anyone over the age of 7 to wear a life jacket while in a boat.

But Bledsoe says it's a good idea to keep it on.

And there are important considerations for young people who want to operate a boat.

Bledsoe says state law requires certification.

Bledsoe says obeying the law and using common sense mean the difference between life and death in the water.