Hillsborough County
Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 15-267

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • May 21, 2015
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    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
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    Boating Safety For 2015 Memorial Day Weekend

    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office wants to emphasize the use of life jackets and safety equipment while boating.

    The goal of the Sheriff's Office is to ensure that boaters have a safe Memorial Day weekend on the waters!

    Memorial Day holiday weekend is regarded as the unofficial start to the summer boating season and one of the year's busiest
    boating weekends.

    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office wants to emphasize the use of life jackets and safety equipment while boating in a safe and responsible manner.

    Along with the use of life jackets, HCSO wants to stress the responsible use of alcohol while boating and 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 Florida.

    The goal of the Sheriff's Office is to ensure that boaters have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend on the waters!

    If boaters have any questions regarding boating safety or boating laws, visit Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's website: http://www.myfwc.com/RULESANDREGS/Rules_Boat.htm
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