TWRA stresses boating safety on holiday weekend

Tennessee News

The holiday weekend is upon us, and soon Middle Tennessee lakes and rivers will fill with vessels of all sizes. TWRA is urging all boaters ahead of the 4th, to keep safety their top priority.  

Hundreds will soon come by bass boat, pontoon, and jet-ski, all Tennessee bound, to stake their spot before Wednesday’s big show.  

“It’s gonna be hot, we’re expecting it to be a very busy weekend on Percy Priest Lake, and on Old Hickory Lake, and on the Cumberland River downtown,” said Josh Landrum, District Boating Officer with TWRA.  

Visitors should be aware of Josh Landrum, and countless other TWRA agents, who will be on the water in force as part of Operation Dry Water

“It’s where we have increased patrols and increased enforcement, looking for impaired drivers of vessels,” Landrum explained.  

Should you hit the water, know that it’s mandatory for your boat to be stocked with a fire extinguisher, throw cushion, enough life jackets for all occupants aboard, and boater registration. 

Lakes and rivers are sure to be filled with vessels both tall and small, including inner tubes.  

Just this Thursday, a 13-year-old was killed on Tim Ford Lake, after the tube he was riding crashed into a dock.

“If you’re gonna be tubing out here, being on jet-skis, those jet-skis are very maneuverable, make sure you’re looking out for other vessels,” Landrum added.  

Inability to follow boating regulations could result in a fine, ranging from $50-$2500 plus court costs.  

Also, important to note, the “Move Over Law, which goes into effect Sunday, applies to TWRA boats.  

Boat operators are required to slow their vessel down to idle speed, when within 100 feet of a TWRA boat involved in a stop with their lights on.  

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