The Labor Day holiday, the final major weekend of the 2018 summer boating season is Aug. 31-Sept. 3. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency wants to emphasize the use of life jackets while boating in a safe and responsible manner.
The TWRA wants all those who visit the waterways to have an enjoyable time. However, TWRA officers will be on the watch for dangerous boating behavior, such as boating under the influence (BUI) and other reckless operation.
To date in 2018 on Tennessee waters, there have been 21 boating-related fatalities. There have been 37 serious injury incidents and 34 property damage incidents. TWRA officers have made 65 BUI arrests.
During the 2017 Labor Day boating weekend, there were four boating-related fatalities. The fatal incidents occurred on Cherokee Lake, Chickamauga Reservoir, and Kentucky Lake. TWRA is continuing investigation of the incidents. TWRA boating officers made four boating under the influence (BUI) arrests. Officers investigated a pair of property damage incidents.