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FWC urges safe boating practices during Labor Day holiday weekend 

FWC urges safe boating practices during Labor Day holiday weekend

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Division of Law Enforcement reminds boaters to exercise caution and practice safe boating during the Labor Day holiday weekend, traditionally a time of increased boating traffic on waterways. Boaters are reminded not to operate vessels under the influence. In addition to decreasing the operator’s ability to make sound judgments, the consumption of alcohol also negatively affects the ability of passengers to respond in the case of an emergency on the water.

“Labor Day is dedicated to the contributions and accomplishments of American workers, and we want boaters to safely enjoy this special day,” said Maj. Rob Beaton, FWC’s Boating and Waterways section leader. “You can enjoy a holiday weekend safely on the water by wearing a life jacket, filing a float plan, taking a boating safety course and never operating any boat or other watercraft while under the influence.”

The FWC recommends the following safe boating practices:

To report people who are operating boats dangerously, call 888-404-FWCC (3922) or text Tip@MyFWC.com. For more information, visit MyFWC.com/Boating