|
|
The Lake News Online
  • Our view: Make the holiday a safe one

  • Traditionally, Labor Day is one of the busiest and most congested boating weekends on Lake of the Ozarks, and there's no reason to think 2014 will be any different from previous summers.
    • email print
      Comment
  • Traditionally, Labor Day is one of the busiest and most congested boating weekends on Lake of the Ozarks, and there's no reason to think 2014 will be any different from previous summers.
    As the season winds down, the lake area is often besieged with visitors on water and on land. Folks hope to get in just one more weekend of summer fun. It requires skill and attention to detail to manage the huge waves. Those who choose to ignore the rules and the downright rude boaters can mess up an otherwise great day on the water.
    Regardless of your view of the Missouri State Highway Patrol on holiday weekends at Lake of the Ozarks, they have their hands full. Let's all make their jobs easier this weekend.
    According to the latest statistics, statewide, there have been 11 boating-related fatalities and 25 drownings on waterways. On highways, 471 people have lost their lives. Let's not add any to the list over the three-day Labor Day holiday.
    On a boat, remember water and alcohol don’t mix; if you drink, use a designated captain.
    Buckle up on water. Bodies don't float. Please use personal floatation devices. Keep PFDs on all kids on, in AND around the water. They may not think it's cool, but it only takes a few seconds for tragedy to ruin a holiday.
    On land, the message is the same. Buckle up, seat belts save lives. Plan ahead for traffic delays and congestion as motorists find their way. Don’t drink and drive: Law enforcement will be out in force this weekend. Keep in mind that the water patrol and highway patrol have targeted the lake as a high risk area for drunken driving incidents and are aggressive in their efforts to deter the number of drunks behind the wheel.
    On land, state, county and local municipalities will be on patrol. They'll see you long before you see them. If you drink, let someone else take the wheel. Make safety a priority and enjoy the weekend.

        calendar