Boating safety reminders ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

New York law requires children age 12 and under to be wearing a life jacket at all times.

Posted: May 23, 2019 9:41 AM

SYLVAN BEACH, N.Y. -- Oneida County officials will be patrolling the water this Memorial Day weekend,

Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol says the two biggest issues they see each year are boating under the influence and boaters not having proper life jackets.

At a news conference Wednesday, Maciol reminded all boaters to check for proper life jackets before they go out on the water and to make sure there is one for every person on board.

New York law requires children age 12 and under to be wearing a life jacket at all times.

Maciol also reminds boaters to have safety flares and an operational GPS system on board. Additionally, leave a float plan with someone on shore.

The state requires anyone after May 1, 1996, to pass a boating safety class before operating a boat. They must have their certification on them all times.

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