Texas game wardens urge boater safety ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

Texas game wardens urge boater safety ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

FROM A NEWS RELEASE – Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens are planning for a busy weekend around the Texas coast. Texas Game Wardens will be enforcing Boating While Intoxicated, which is a Class B Misdemeanor and enforcing water safety. “We want to remind the boat operators to be aware of the heat and consumption of alcohol,” Bailey said. 


 Texas Game Wardens will be checking for current boat registration, water safety equipment, life jackets on children under the age of 13, wearing the safety ignition kill switch as well as assisting the county as needed. The Safety ignition kill switch is equipped on most motorized boats, but it requires the operator of the boat to clip it on when going greater than headway speed.  


“By simply clipping the safety ignition kill switch onto your life jacket, belt loop, or wrist, this could mean saving the life of a boater,” Bailey said.  


In 2019, 36 boating fatalities, and multiple boat accidents and injuries occurred on Texas waters. In conjunction with National Safe Boating Week May 16-22, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is reminding Texans to be safe this Memorial Day weekend and all summer long by following the law and taking basic safety precautions while on the water.