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As Memorial Day Arrives, Boating Safety Gets Ramped Up

Game Warden Jake Simmering Game Warden Jake Simmering

Over sixty people died in Texas last year from boating related accidents, making it the deadliest this decade.

But it wasn't only one of the deadliest, it came at a time when nearly 30 thousand less boats were cruising the waters in Texas.

And as Memorial Day kicks off the summer, local agencies are picking up their efforts to keep everyone safe on the water.

"We spend a lot of time on the water throughout the summer and our main goal is safety," said Game Warden Jake Simmering.

The game warden's make regular safety checks, but there seems to be one problem many boaters have, and it's not a lack of life vests.

"Probably the most common issue would be the certificate of number's card. Which again, coincides with boat numbers and proves boat ownership," said Simmering.

While keeping area lakes safe this year, the game wardens will have some help.

Park rangers will be making permit checks, and the coast guard will also be out on panhandle lakes.

Officials also expect more people this year.

"Last summer was really slow and I think it had something to do with the gas prices," said Rozanna Pfeiffer with the National Park Service.

"I think if fuel prices do not rise as they did last summer. We're going to see a lot more boat traffic this summer. And again, we'll be out there if the gas prices are higher or lower," said Simmering.

Now, you can renew your boat online.

For more information: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/?req=20090520a

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