Staying safe out on the water, know your boats - KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

Staying safe out on the water, know your boats

Source: KFDA Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA Source: KFDA
FRITCH, TX (KFDA) -

Alcohol plays a role in the majority of accidents at Lake Meredith.

Paul Jones and his team of park rangers are tasked with ensuring everyone who visits the lake is safe, which can be difficult because the rules surrounding alcohol are much more lenient when you're off the road and on the water. 

"Everyone pretty much knows I can't have an open container when operating a motor vehicle on the highway," said Jones. "Vessels are different, they can have open containers and the operator can even have one. However, it's not a good idea."

If you are driving a boat with a blood alcohol content of .08% or higher you can be fined up to $2,000 and serve up to 180 days in jail.

Alcohol is not the only issue boaters face. Depending on the type of boat, carbon monoxide can accumulate at the back of the vessel which can be fatal.

Earlier this year, a 16-year-old girl lost her life from carbon monoxide poisoning, which is why park rangers are encouraging people to know their boats and ensure they are working properly.

"If it not ventilated properly, carbon monoxide can build up. It will get under the swim deck, and if you're anywhere in that area you can't see it, you can't smell it but it will get you," said Jones.

For online boat safety courses offered by the Texas Forest and Wildlife Service click here.

For the US Coast Guard's official boat safety mobile app click here.

Copyright 2017 KFDA. All rights reserved.

  • Today's Local News HeadlinesToday's Local NewsMore>>

  • Canyon ISD Board of Trustees approves $200 million bond to be voted on in November

    Canyon ISD Board of Trustees approves $200 million bond to be voted on in November

    Monday, August 13 2018 11:08 PM EDT2018-08-14 03:08:13 GMT
    Canyon ISD Board of Trustees has approved a bond proposal for nearly $200 million to go on the ballot this November (Source: KFDA)Canyon ISD Board of Trustees has approved a bond proposal for nearly $200 million to go on the ballot this November (Source: KFDA)
    Canyon ISD Board of Trustees has approved a bond proposal for nearly $200 million to go on the ballot this November (Source: KFDA)Canyon ISD Board of Trustees has approved a bond proposal for nearly $200 million to go on the ballot this November (Source: KFDA)

    Voters in Randall County will now have one more item on the ballot this November with the Canyon Independent School District Board of Trustees approving a bond proposal for nearly $200 million to serve the school district over the next 10 years.

    Voters in Randall County will now have one more item on the ballot this November with the Canyon Independent School District Board of Trustees approving a bond proposal for nearly $200 million to serve the school district over the next 10 years.

  • Mayor Nelson: Texas Tech chancellor's 'leadership impacts all of West Texas'

    Mayor Nelson: Texas Tech chancellor's 'leadership impacts all of West Texas'

    Monday, August 13 2018 10:59 PM EDT2018-08-14 02:59:28 GMT
    Ginger NelsonGinger Nelson
    Ginger NelsonGinger Nelson

    Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson issued a statement on Monday night regarding the retirement announcement of Texas Tech Chancellor Robert Duncan. 

    Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson issued a statement on Monday night regarding the retirement announcement of Texas Tech Chancellor Robert Duncan. 

  • APD: improving officer response times to keep community safe

    APD: improving officer response times to keep community safe

    Monday, August 13 2018 10:42 PM EDT2018-08-14 02:42:12 GMT
    APD's officer response time has improved since 2016. (Source: KFDA)APD's officer response time has improved since 2016. (Source: KFDA)

    When someone calls dispatch, how quickly a police officer can respond can be the difference between life and death. 

    When someone calls dispatch, how quickly a police officer can respond can be the difference between life and death. 

Powered by Frankly