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Published: May 24, 2019


THE 2019 MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND BEGINS TODAY AND THE TENNESSEE WILDLIFE RESOURCES AGENCY WANTS TO EMPHASIZE THE USE OF LIFE JACKETS ALONG WITH BOATING IN A SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE MANNER. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, MEMORIAL WEEKEND IS THE UNOFFICIAL START TO THE SUMMER BOATING SEASON AND IS ONE OF THE YEAR’S BUSIEST BOATING WEEKENDS. LAST YEAR, THERE WERE NO BOATING-RELATED FATALITIES OVER THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND FOR THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR AND THERE WERE 10 BOATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE ARRESTS. IN ADDITION TWRA WILDLIFE OFFICERS REPORTED THREE INJURY INCIDENTS ACCIDENT AND A PAIR OF PROPERTY DAMAGE INCIDENTS. ALONG WITH THE USE OF LIFE JACKETS, TWRA WANTS TO STRESS THE RESPONSIBLE USE OF ALCOHOL WHILE BOATING. IT IS IMPORTANT TO CONSIDER THE EFFECTS OF DRINKING AND DRIVING WHETHER ON WATER OR LAND. IN A BOAT ON THE WATER, THE EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL INCREASE BECAUSE OF EXTERNAL STRESSORS SUCH AS ENGINE VIBRATION, WAVE MOTION AND GLARE FROM THE SUN. IN ADDITION, TWRA URGES ALL BOATERS TO REMEMBER THE BASICS: HAVE A WEARABLE LIFE JACKET FOR EVERY PERSON, HAVE ONBOARD A WORKING FIRE EXTINGUISHER AND MAKE SURE THERE IS A CURRENT BOAT REGISTRATION. FOR MORE TIPS ON BOATING SAFETY GO TO TN WILDLIFE DOT ORG.ON.