Sheriff's Office Reminds You to Boat Safely This Summer
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The summer season for boating has arrived in Western New York. The Erie County Sheriff's Office is here with its annual reminder to boat safely.
Sheriff Tim Howard is emphasizing the three C's. “I want to stress boater safety and encourage everyone out on the water to remember to be Courteous, Cautious and use Common Sense,” reminds Howard.
The Erie County Sheriff’s Marine Unit will be patrolling the 90 miles of Erie County shoreline which includes Lake Erie, Niagara and Buffalo rivers and the New York State Barge and Block Rock canals. The unit’s Deputies will be observing all boats and personal watercraft to ensure they are operating safely and following the navigational laws. Deputies will be on the lookout for potential intoxicated vessel operators and enforcing personal safety requirements. They note the penalty for BWI mirrors that of DWI.
Sheriff Howard continues, “Our Marine Unit Deputies are on patrol 7 days a week to assist area boaters in distress and to conduct safety inspections to ensure everyone has a fun and safe time on the water. My Deputies work in conjunction with local, state and federal marine patrol agencies to make everyone’s boating experience enjoyable and safe.”
Beginning in 2014, New York water vessel operators under the age of 18 are required to hold a boater safety certificate issued by New York State Parks, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or the U.S. Power Squadron