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Patrolmen checking boats

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RICHLAND, Wash.—Boating is a popular family activity in the Tri-Cities, but patrolmen say sometimes boaters put fun before safety.

Law enforcement says they are out on the water doing boat checks.  They're looking for things like life jackets, a display of registration, an education card if you're under 35-years-old, fire extinguisher, working lights, flares and a sound device.  The minimum fine is $87 and maximum could be in the hundreds.

"A couple years ago we had a young boy on a watercraft, failed to notice a big yacht next to him and hit the side of the yacht," says Deputy Steve Warren, Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Marine law enforcement officers will begin a patrol emphasis June 24th through the 26th.  ‘Operation Dry Water' is a crack down on drunk boaters, that includes passengers with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher.