Oneida County Sheriff's Department to increase patrols on the water

As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, the sheriff's department announced that it will be increasing patrols on the water.

Posted: Jul 1, 2019 6:16 PM
Updated: Jul 2, 2019 9:36 AM

DELTA LAKE N.Y. - As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, the Oneida County Sheriff's Department announced that it will be increasing patrols on the water.

"We want you to have a good time, but don't make a destructive decision by drinking and operating that boat or not having life jackets for people or not being courteous and that's just a recipe for disaster," said Sheriff Robert Maciol.

The sheriff said that one of the leading causes of fatalities on the water is drowning. He emphasized that their needs to be a life jacket on board for each person in the boat.

The sheriff's department patrols Oneida Lake and Delta Lake, but Delta Lake seems to be much quieter than its bigger neighbor. But like all bodies of water, it has its dangers.

"There are rules out there for that very reason and certainly common courtesy goes miles out on the water especially. Because on the water you don't have a solid yellow line or a passing line, it's wide open so you've got to use courtesy when you're passing people," said Maciol.

Expect to see the Sheriff's department on the waters this holiday.

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