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Courtesy Boat Check

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When the sun comes out and the temperature goes up, many people head out on the water for a good time. Now local law enforcement is helping to make sure your fun in the sun is safe. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is trying to make sure everyone on the water is safe. Wildlife Enforcement Officer, Josh McConnell, says "this afternoon we are going to be conducting courtesy boat inspections. We are going to make sure everyone has the safety equipment they need before they get out on the water." It is not just about having the right equipment on-board; it is about making sure it's in working order. McConnell said, "We are going to be looking for tears in life jackets, any life jackets where the straps do not buckle. We are also going to look for expired fire extinguishers." If you do not have the proper equipment on-board, when you are out on the water, it can cost you. Wildlife officer Josh McConnell said, "Court cost are $110, plus the ticket. You’re looking at a $145 ticket most cases." Aside from avoiding a ticket, being prepared can save lives. McConnell says, "if someone falls overboard or a fire starts and they go to get that equipment it will be there and working properly." Many boaters want wildlife officials to make sure they have got everything on board before they start their summer boating season. Boat owner, Susan Preast said, "It is a great opportunity so that people know what to have for their safety."

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