May is National Water Safety Month!

May is National Water Safety Month, which is very timely here at the Lake of the Ozarks because the busiest season at the Lake is about to begin. Every year thousands of people come here to experience all the fun in the sun they can on this Nation’s #1 Recreational Lake (Voted by USA Today). Between all of the recreational activities that happen here, including wakeboarding, water skiing, knee boarding, fishing, tubing, and so much more, it’s extremely important that the water safety rule of the Lake are followed “to the t” to try and prevent tragic boating accidents from happening. As experienced BWI lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks, we have seen many unfortunate boating cases. If you find yourself getting a BWI while on vacation here or as a full-time resident, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231 for your free consultation. We can help. Keep reading for a few water safety tips.

Water Safety Tips to Follow at the Lake of the Ozarks

1. Have enough life jackets on board for everyone present.
Do not leave the dock without having enough life jackets on board for everyone accompanying you and yourself. If you get pulled over by the water patrol and you are caught without any or enough life jackets, you could get a ticket. Plus, everyone should have one for obvious safety reasons. 

2. Check the weather BEFORE you go out boating.
Getting caught in the middle of a rainstorm on the Lake of the Ozarks can ruin your vacation real quick, so check the weather before you go out. Be even more weather conscious and have a reliable weather app downloaded on your phone. Most weather apps will give you constant updates if rain or dangerous weather is approaching.

3. Do not drink and captain your boat.
Avoid drinking alcohol while operating a boat. Drinking while driving a boat not lonely puts your life endanger but also anyone else who may be on board and others who are on boats or just swimming in the Lake around you.

4. Be aware of other boats in your area and know how to react.
If you see another boat in your vicinity, give yourself enough space between your boat and theirs to react in case of an emergency. For example, if the boat in front of you creates a huge wake and you are in a smaller boat, giving yourself more space allows you more time to anticipate the wake before it gets to you.

5. Get a FREE boat check.
The U.S. Coast Guard gives free boat checks to anyone who asks, so take advantage of that option. It never hurts to be prepared in the case you get pulled over by the Water Patrol and they ask to see all of the required objects. Have your boat checked and get that peace of mind.

BWI Attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks

Boating while intoxicated is a serious offense and should not be taken lightly. We can’t stress enough, if you are driving a boat, do not drink and drive, you could end up injuring someone, getting a BWI or worse. The water patrol will most likely see you and take action. Again, if you do find yourself in this sort of unfortunate situation an get a BWI, call our BWI lawyers at 573-346-7231 for a free consultation. For more information on the services we provide and to see how we can possibly help you legally, visit our website at

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