National Safe Boating Week

Boating safety tips for the holiday weekend

Missouri Highway Patrol said there are many rules of the water that are not statute.

One of the rules is to be a defensive driver.

Since there are no designated lanes on the water, a boat can turn any direction, at any time.

Children under the age of 7 must always have a life jacket on.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 500 people die each year from drowning due to boating accidents.

84 percent of the people who died did not have a life jacket on.

Water Patrol said before drinking to designate a sober driver.

Water Patrol also said they have seen fewer accidents on the water in the past few years.

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