The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries monitors how local waterways are used by boaters. Just like vehicles that drive on roads, boats are required to follow certain rules that are intended to keep their passengers safe. When individuals break the rules associated with safe boating, LDWF steps in to enforce violations.
Spring has arrived and Memorial Day is just around the corner. As temperatures rise more Louisiana residents will be getting their boats out of storage and out on the water. However, just as traffic on the roads tends to lead to more vehicle accidents, more boats on local waterways may increase the number of boating accidents experienced this season.
As the summer months approach, more people are venturing out on the water. Water sports, like boating, should be approached with caution. Boating accidents are not uncommon. As with the operation of any motor vehicle, reasonable care must be exercised when operating a boat.