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BSO WATCHING WATER OVER HOLIDAY WEEKEND

The Broward Sheriff's Office Marine Unit will keep a close eye on area waterways over the long Memorial Day weekend.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, more than 700 people died in boating mishaps on the nation’s waterways in 2000. USCG statistics indicate that the majority of boating accidents are due to factors such as operator inattention or inexperience, careless or reckless boating, excessive speed, and the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Beginning Saturday, May 25, 2002, and ending late in the day on the following Monday, deputies will be on the lookout for any boater who operates a vessel in an unsafe or illegal manner. Speed zones and wake limits will be strictly enforced. Additionally, the Broward Sheriff's Office will inspect vessels for any potential equipment problems or deficiencies.

Typically, the Memorial Day weekend brings increased boat traffic to south Florida’s waterways. The Broward Sheriff's Office is committed to helping ensure that the long holiday weekend is safe for everyone on the water.

This release by:

Hugh Graf / Media Relations

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