Patroling the lakes for boating violations

Patroling the lakes for boating violations


LEAVE SHORE AND GET A CHANCE TO LOOK EVERYTHING OVER.” SERGEANT JOHN BROGAN AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE DANE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARE LOOKING OUT FOR YOUR SAFETY AS THEY PATROL THE WATER. -NAT- “THANKS FOR WEARING YOUR LIFE JACKETS, KIDS.” “WE’VE GOTTEN TO THE POINT WHERE WE CAN KIND OF LOOK AT A LOT OF BOATS AND SEE IF THEY’RE OVERLOADED BY HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ON BOARD. WE KNOW THE TYPE OF BOAT AND MAYBE THE WAY IT’S RIDING IN THE WATER AND YOU SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE SO WE MAY STOP A BOAT THAT’S OVERLOADED.” AND WHILE WATER SKIING AND TUBING IS A POPULAR ACTIVITY ON THE WATER. -NAT- YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE THERE’S MORE THAN ONE PERSON ON THE BOAT. “THERE ALWAYS HAS TO BE TWO. ONE THAT’S PILOTING THE BOAT, OBVIOUSLY, AND THEN ONE FACING BACKWARDS WATCHING THE PERSON BEING TOWED FOR SAFETY.” WHILE MANY SAFETY VIOLATIONS ARE UNINTENTIONAL. SERGEANT BROGAN SUGGESTS EVERYONE TAKE A BOATER SAFETY COURSE. “EVERYTHING FROM THE SAFETY EQUIPMENT YOU NEED TO NAVIGATION RULES ON THE WATER TO WHAT THE LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS ARE AT NIGHT TIME, SO TAKE THE TIME, WE ASK, TO KNOW THE INS AND OUTS OF THE BOATING RULES AND REGULATIONS BEFORE YOU HIT THE WATER.” SERGEANT BROGAN SAYS DESPITE THE HUNDREDS OF BOATS OUT TODAY… THERE WERE ONLY A FEW

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