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Conservation Officers Provide Tips for a Safe Boating Season

Last updated on Monday, May 13, 2013

(UNDATED) - Indiana Conservation Officers are providing citizens with useful tips for Indiana boaters to enjoy a safe summer on the water.

Conservation Officers will be patrolling Indiana waterways this summer to ensure that boaters are in compliance with boating laws. Officers are encouraging citizens to become familiar with Indiana boating laws and follow safe boating procedures by following these safety tips:

  1. Always wear your lifejacket.
  2. Never sit on the gunwale (sides) of a motorboat while in motion.
  3. Do not ride on the bow decking of a motorboat while in motion.
  4. Never tow a skier or tuber without an observer.
  5. Pay attention to marker bouys and idle zone restricted areas.
  6. If over 21, only consume alcoholic beverages in moderation (.08 is the legal limit).
  7. Use navigational lights and anchor lights between sunset and sunrise.
  8. Nighttime Speed limit is 10 MPH on all in-land lakes

A copy of the on-line Indiana Boating guide may be viewed at http://www.boat-ed.com/in/handbook/. A hard copy of this guide may be found at most boat marinas.

An informative boating violations video may be viewed at http://www.in.gov/dnr/lawenfor/5066.htm

Anyone witnessing boating violations or in need of assistance from a Conservation Officer may call 1-812-837-9536 to reach any officer in the state.

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