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.