CHEYENNE - Wyoming’s boating season is now in full swing and with busy Fourth of July weekend coming up, the Game and Fish reminds boaters to take special care to make sure watercraft regulations are being followed to ensure a safety on Wyoming’s waters.
According to Game and Fish most boating violations occur from not having appropriate safety equipment on board.
In most years, the most common violations include failure to provide life jackets, failure to have an approved throwable floatation device on board and failure to provide a fire extinguisher for those boats needing this equipment.
Approved throwable safety equipment includes buoyant cushions and ring buoys. Watercraft that are 16 feet and over in length must have one of these devices on the boat. In addition, a separate life jacket is also required for each person on board. A section on personal flotation devices is found on page 23 of the boating regulations.
Certain boats also are required to have fire extinguishers on board. A description of types of boats requiring fire extinguishers is on page 37 of the boating regulations pamphlet.
Other violations not as common as watercraft safety infractions include illegal operation and boat registration and numbering violations. Boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious violation and just as deadly as driving under the influence.
A free home-study boating safety education course is available through the Game and Fish. The boating regulations has a pull-out card boaters can send in to receive course materials or interested persons can call Susie Salazar at 307-777-4686 for more information. Salazar said that sometimes insurance companies lower their rates for boaters who have completed the course.
Boaters with questions on boating laws, registrations, safety equipment etc. can contact their local game warden or any Game and Fish regional office.
(Contact: Al Langston (307) 777-4540)