HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) - A lot people in Hampton Roads will be hitting the water Labor Day weekend, and the Coast Guard and Virginia Marine Police asked WAVY.com to make sure boaters know everything they need to stay safe.
The agencies held a safety demonstration for WAVY.com Friday morning at Little Creek.
They say safety starts before you head out. Boaters should do a quick spot check of the boat to make sure there are no cracks or weak spots in the structure. And everyone on-board should have a life jacket.
Authorities will be patrolling to make sure boaters aren't drinking.
"We wanna make sure everyone understands the blood alcohol content on the water is the same as it is on land, which is 0.08. So if you're gonna have a few drinks on the water, you're gonna get your BAC up. So, if you are operating a vessel, you're gonna make sure you're not drinking and everyone else on board is staying safe," said Officer Matt Dize with Virginia Marine Police.
If you want one, the Coast Guard will give you a free boat safety check.
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