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Booze and Boating Don't Mix

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JORDAN LAKE — On July 4th, the boat access ramps at Jordan Lake will be busy. As part of that good time mix, wildlife officers are fully aware of the potential for alcohol abuse out on the lake. That is why they will be stepping up their patrols.

On a busy holiday weekend like 4th of July, Jordan Lake is virtually a sea of boats.

Most people pay attention to where they're going and what they're doing.

But some boaters get stopped by wildlife officers.

"Didn't have his hand on the wheel, wasn't paying attention to where he was going so we stopped him for that, since he wasn't paying attention. Once we got him stopped, he had a big mug of beer sitting on the console," said Officer W.T. Kennedy.

The rules of the road do apply on the waterways: point-zero eight is the legal limit.

"I'm a defensive boater," says Steve Peraino.

Peraino and his buddies try to think safety first and keep the alcohol to a minimum.

"One or two, whatever it takes to keep you under that limit is probably the most important thing you can do," he says.

Officer Kennedy says everyone is welcome to come out and have a good time, but think safety first.

Keep in mind that operating a boat under the influence is a misdemeanor, but you can also face fines of up to a thousand dollars.

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