9:14pm

Wed August 31, 2011
The Commonwealth

Labor Day on the Lake

The unofficial summer boating season ends this weekend.  Boating activities may change with the season, but the need for safety on the water doesn’t. Kentucky boating law administrator Mike Fields offers advice that’s always good…wear a life jacket and watch out for other boaters.  But, some dynamics do change with the season.  Field says there seems to be fewer conflicts between boats and personal watercraft, like jet skis, but caution is still important.

“We’re not seeing so many accidents now about where they are interfering with another boat, it’s when they are running together and playing together is when they end up getting themselves in trouble,” said Fields.

Labor Day marks the unofficial end to the summer boating season.  Mike Fields predicts enthusiasts will likely be out in high numbers.

“There are some big events going on this weekend.  River Fest happens in Cincinnati this weekend.  It will bring half a million boats or half a million people to the riverfront in Cincinnati and northern Kentucky.  So it’s not necessarily that everybody gets to be a little bit crazier, there’s just a lot more people out there, so you see a lot more crazy things, if that makes sense,” added Fields.

Fields says getting everyone on the water to wear a life jacket remains the biggest challenge.  The water safety expert says about 80 percent of people who die in boating accidents are not wearing a life jacket.