MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTVA) - Alabama law enforcement reminds boaters to be safe during the summer.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Marine Patrol Division is participating in National Safe Boating Week, which is from May 22-28. This leads into the Memorial Day weekend.
From Oct. 1, 2019, to Sept. 30, 2020, Marine Patrol investigated 107 boating-related crashes, resulting in 14 fatalities. The year prior, Marine Patrol investigated 110 boating-related crashes, with 29 fatalities.
“Many of those fatalities could have been prevented by the simple act of wearing a proper personal flotation device (PFD)," ALEA’s Secretary Hal Taylor said. "With your assistance, we can make this extended holiday weekend on the water safer for everyone, but it will require the use of PFDs and courtesy among boaters, along with an understanding of safe boat operation and the dangers of consuming alcohol.”