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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Memorial Day boating
The 2018 Memorial Day holiday weekend is coming up and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is emphasizing the use of life jackets along with boating in a safe and responsible manner. The Memorial Day holiday weekend is considered the unofficial start to the summer boating season and is one of the year’s busiest boating weekends. Last year, there were no boating-related fatalities over the holiday weekend for the third consecutive year. But over the weekend in 2017, there were 17 boating under the influence (BUI) arrests. In addition, TWRA wildlife officers reported one injury accident and five property damage incidents. So far this year, there have been five boating-related fatalities, four injury-accident incidents, and five property damage accidents. Three of the five fatalities have involved paddle crafts. Along with the use of life jackets, TWRA stresses the responsible use of alcohol while boating. It is important to consider the effects of drinking and driving whether on water or land. In a boat on the water, the effects of alcohol increase because of external stressors such as engine vibration, wave motion and glare from the sun. Operating a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal in Tennessee. TVA officials say Douglas and Cherokee Lakes are expected to meet summer pool depth before Memorial Day, and both lakes should be full through the summer. "We had a pretty good February, March and April. We saw that it tended a little dry toward the end of April, so we decided to scale back releases and hold on to more water than we normally would this time of year,” says Tom Barnett, TVA General Manager of River Management.


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