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Labor Day marks final summer boating weekend

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The Labor Day holiday, the final major weekend of the 2022 summer boating season, is Sept. 2-5. TWRA wants to emphasize the use of life jackets while boating in a safe and responsible manner. 

“We want our boaters to enjoy this final holiday weekend of summer in a safe and responsible matter,” said Betsy Woods, TWRA boating education coordinator. “We cannot emphasize enough for people to wear their life jackets and practice safety on the water.”

TWRA wants all those who visit the waterways to have an enjoyable time. However, TWRA officers will be on the watch for dangerous boating behavior, such as boating under the influence (BUI) and other reckless operation. 

All children ages 12 and under onboard must wear a life jacket. In addition, there must be a life jacket onboard the vessel for each person. 

Tennessee has already seen 24 boating-related fatalities this year, an increase from 17 at the same time last year. The 24 fatalities already have surpassed the year total of 22 for 2021. Wear your life jacket, have a sober driver, and enjoy a safe and memorable weekend on the water.

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