MONTGOMERY — Like the waves on Alabama's beautiful gulf coast shoreline, summer is quickly rolling in. With the weather warming up, it is a fantastic time to enjoy our state's scenic waterways. …
MONTGOMERY — Like the waves on Alabama's beautiful gulf coast shoreline, summer is quickly rolling in. With the weather warming up, it is a fantastic time to enjoy our state's scenic waterways.
Whether you're a boater, angler, or water sports enthusiast, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency reminds the public to be responsible when near the water. ALEA Marine Patrol Division is joining the National Safe Boating Council to participate in this year's National Safe Boating Week, which is held May 20-26.
To kick off the safety week, personnel within various divisions and units were spotted around the office wearing life jackets on Friday, May 19, in celebration of "Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day," a news release stated. The annual event serves as a fun, educational element prior to National Safe Boating Week, the official launch of NSBC's 2023 Safe Boating Campaign.
"Educating the public about the safety as well as the comfort of life jackets continues to be a priority for our agency during this important campaign," ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor said. "Situations on the water can change in the blink of an eye, and fatalities from drowning are preventable tragedies that can affect anyone in or around the water. That is why it is imperative for those near the water to wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved and properly fitted life jacket as it is the simplest life-saving strategy for those participating in recreational boating, paddling or towed water sports."
ALEA's Marine Patrol Division Chief Steve Thompson said, "Wearing a life jacket is a key component of boating safety, along with the knowledge and skill needed to keep various types of craft under control in different environments."
ALEA recommends the following tips for boaters:
By following these tips, you can enjoy your boat, the water, sunshine and fresh air responsibly.
For additional boating resources and tips, please visit www.alea.gov.