Rules Of The Water: Boating Safety In Season Again

By Jeff Neumeyer

May 27, 2013 Updated May 27, 2013 at 4:35 PM EST

WHITLEY COUNTY, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- Memorial Day weekend puts us on the threshold of summer.

It also signals the unofficial beginning of boating season across Northeast Indiana.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says it's time to re-familiarize yourself with boating laws and safety tips.

You had to be a little crazy to put a boat into the water on Memorial Day this year, with steady rain and temperatures in the middle 50’s.

But it's about to get hot and steamy, and the DNR wants the public to be reminded of the rules of the water.

People operating a boat with a blood alcohol level above .08 can be charged just like someone who is drunk behind the wheel of a car.

Indiana is one of many states taking part in the "Wear It" campaign, pushing people to not only have life jackets in their boats, but to have them on while tooling around a lake.

We also talked to a conservation officer about when you need a light on your watercraft.

" Anybody that's out after dark, even on a kayak or canoe or paddleboat, or anything like that, they're not required to have a light burning at all times, but they're required to have a light with them, so they can signal to another boat, to let them know that they're out there," said Darren Reed, who works the Whitley County area.

Typically the speed limit on lakes is ten miles per hour.

There are exceptions.

Lake Wawasee, and other larger lakes, often permit watercraft to travel at high speeds throughout the daylight hours.

Shriner Lake in Whitley County observes 10 miles per hour, except from 1 to 4 p.m., when the speed limit is lifted for water skiers and folks on jet skis.

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