RALEIGH, N.C. (June 28, 2011) – In the rush to get on the water, don’t get in the way, don’t get upset and don’t get in trouble.
Wildlife Officers with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are reminding everyone to practice proper boat ramp etiquette this summer, be patient with others and obey regulations set for public boating access areas. Their recommendations:
Pre-Launch at Home
Pre-Launch at Staging Area
Wildlife Officers are charged with enforcing the boating laws and regulations on the waters of North Carolina and may stop any vessel for safety checks or violations. In the course of their duties, these law enforcement officers will patrol over 5,000 square miles of inland streams, rivers, lakes and coastal waterways and 220 public boating access areas.
“The other advice I would add is to respect others and please don’t litter,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Division of Engineering Services of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “Our division maintains free public boating access across the state, opening new ones and improving existing ones all the time. Cooperation from the boating community is essential to the upkeep and cleanliness of boat ramps, and ultimately everyone’s safety.”
For more information on boating safety, regulations and title and registration, go to http://www.ncwildlife.org/Boating.