Published: January 23, 2021


THE TENNESSEE WILDLIFE RESOURCES AGENCY REPORTED A NOTICEABLE INCREASE IN TRAFFIC ON THE STATE’S LAKES AND RIVERS IN 2020. ACCORDING TO THEIR YEAR END REPORT 2020 HAD THE MOST BOATING RELATED FATALITIES IN 37 YEARS WITH 32. PRELIMINARY NUMBERS INDICATE ABOUT 30 PERCENT OF THE FATAL INCIDENTS HAD ALCOHOL AND OR DRUGS AS A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR. IN ADDITIONS TO THE FATALITIES, THERE WERE 61 SERIOUS INJURY INCIDENTS THAT INJURED 82 INDIVIDUALS AND 82 ADDITIONAL PROPERTY DAMAGE INCIDENTS. DURING THE YEAR, T-W-R-A WILDLIFE OFFICERS MADE 62 BOATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE ARRESTS. AS THE NEW YEAR IS UNDERWAY, T-W-R-A WILDLIFE OFFICERS WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE THE BOATING PUBLIC TO HELP KEEP TENNESSEE WATERWAYS SAFE BY DOING THINGS SUCH AS: TAKE A BOATER SAFETY COURSE, WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKET WHILE OUT ON THE WATER, BE AWARE OF THE WATER CONDITIONS AROUND DAMS, BOTH ABOVE AND BELOW, ALWAYS BOAT WITH A SOBER OPERATOR. OPERATING IMPAIRED IS A CRIME AND REPORT UNSAFE OPERATION, BOAT ACCIDENTS, OR LAW VIOLATIONS TO YOUR NEAREST TWRA DISPATCH CENTER.