The Caddo Parish Marine Unit is cranked and ready to go on this Fourth of July weekend. Tubers, boaters, and sunbathers fill the Red River every year for the fourth. Sargeant Alan Davidson with The Caddo Marine Unit says he wants people to have fun but they have their eyes open for any safety hazards, "if we notice that their life jackets aren't properly fitted or they have too light of a weight life jacket on a child then we're going to help them out and explain to them what they're supposed to have."
Something that routinely goes hand in hand with river days is alcohol but Sargeant Davidson says there seems to be lots of confusion about the laws on drinking and driving a boat, "people don't understand that they can't operate of boat and be drunk."
Just like when on land, drivers of boats are not allowed to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol content level of .08 or higher. However, the rules of drinking on a boat are different from while in a car, "you can drink and drive your boat. You just can't be intoxicated and drive. We are looking for that. It's just common sense. If you're going to drink then you should let someone else operate your boat."
The marine unit will continue their heightened presence on the river through the weekend but once all of the festivities are over, everyone leaves at the same time. The marine unit sends a simple request, "we just ask that you have patience. There's going to be two launches open and 150 boats trying to get out at one time. So we'll come up here, hang loose, and try to keep everyone calm so we don't have any major incidents."
Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
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