Boating Safety Tips for Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend can be one of the busiest weekends at the Lake of the Ozarks. We hope everyone enjoys their Memorial Day events but at the same time, we hope everyone has a safe weekend. If you plan to take your boat out or accompany someone else on their boat this weekend, this blog is for you. Our BWI lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few boating safety tips for Memorial Day weekend. For BWI representation you can count on, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231.

Boating Safety Tips for Memorial Day Weekend

Be mindful of crowded areas on the Lake.
Each year thousands of people make their way to the Lake of the Ozarks to experience the natural beauty of the Lake and to enjoy the numerous lakefront bars and restaurants in the area. If you see a crowd of boats on the lake as you are cruising along, be mindful and alert, slow your speed down to the appropriate level. Be courteous to others who might be swimming in the area and just know your surroundings. Simply being aware on the Lake can prevent disastrous accidents from happening. 

Travel responsibly after consuming alcohol at a Memorial Day themed event.
There are several Memorial Day themed events throughout the Lake area. From firework shows you can see from the water to live entertainment at lakefront bars, the lake has it all. Do not put yourself and others at risk by drinking then trying to drive a boat. Either designate a sober captain or call a boat taxi. There are services in the area that will drive your boat for you, back to your dock. 

Don't forget to have a checklist of required items that must be on your boat and to follow it.
According to the Missouri Highway State Patrol, you must have the following items on your boat:

  • Your boat registration
  • Outboard title
  • Lifejackets for everyone on board
  • A throwable floatation device
  • A fire extinguisher
  • A horn or whistle
  • Your boating safety ID card (if born after January 1, 1984)
  • Proper navigational lights

Need an Experienced BWI Lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks?

Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch is here. Our attorneys know that every criminal defense case is different. For every case, we take into account the individual needs of the client. We do that by quickly getting information, advising the client of his or her rights, and then working to achieve the goals of the client. We know when to negotiate, when to go to trial, and when to be aggressive. For a free consultation, call our law office in Camdenton at 573-346-7231. We have evening and weekend appointments available.

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