TWRA Officers To Be Out In Force For Labor Day Holiday, The Last Major Weekend For Summer Boating

Monday, August 26, 2019

The Labor Day holiday, the final major weekend of the 2019 summer boating season is Aug. 30-Sept. 2. 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 2019 on Tennessee waters, there have been six boating-related fatalities, 15 less than at the same time last year.

There have been 36 serious injury incidents and 40 property damage incidents. TWRA officers have made 53 BUI arrests.


During the 2018 Labor Day boating weekend, there was a single fatality which involved a personal watercraft on Tims Ford Lake. TWRA boating officers made five boating under the influence (BUI) arrests. Officers investigated other incidents which involved seven serious injuries and three which had property damage.


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