Drinking and Boating Safety

By Stephanie Kim | skim@weareiowa.com

Published 07/04 2015 11:20PM

Updated 07/04 2015 11:20PM

Saylorville -- Saylorville Lake is expecting record crowds this Independence Day weekend. 
For many, the celebration includes alcohol, which is why officials are cracking down on boating and drinking.
 
The Saylorville Marina says there are 600 boats and more than a thousand people coming to the Lake. They know drinking is a big part of the culture and say boating while intoxicated is just as risky as on the road.
 
"Unlike the road, there's no designated lines for traffic people tubing and skiing and people swimming all over the place. If people aren't responsible it can be a very dangerous thing," said AJ Lamb with the Marina. 
 
As a reminder, they say have fun this weekend, but remember the same rules apply whether you're on water or on land.
 
"Just be careful out there, use your head. Everybody's smart enough to be careful and know what they can and can't do in the water," said Lamb
 
The DNR says they wrote more warnings and citations this time last year. They will be out all weekend to patrol the waters and remind everyone to have a designated driver while boating at all times.

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