TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – As boaters hit the water to enjoy this Memorial Day weekend, law enforcement agencies are out in full force on the waters making sure boaters are being safe.
“The biggest thing is education,” Master Deputy Paul Shute said. “It’s not something they do every day. They get out here, they’re a little apprehensive. You educate them. And with that education comes increased safety.”
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has multiple units on the water conducting safety checks, making sure boaters are obeying no wake zones and checking for drunk vessel operators.
Shute says boaters who are obeying the law, appreciate seeing the sheriff’s office boats out there.
“It gives people peace of mind. If they see us, maybe they’ll think twice about that and they’ll get a safe operator,” Shute said.
While deputies aren’t on a mission to write tickets, a non-moving violation will cost you $53. A moving violation will cost you $90.
Boating under the influence will land you in jail.
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