Obey The Lake Laws

by Jessica Cervantez

The lakes around East Texas will be busy with lots of spring breakers among those hitting the water. Game wardens will be out in full force making sure you are obeying the law.

Most boaters are happy to see game wardens out on the lake enforcing the laws.

One vital piece of equipment game wardens look for when they are doing boat checks is making sure there is a life jacket for everyone."'

Ken Jackson, a local game warden, said, "We check registration, life jackets, and fire extinguishers. We also make sure you have a wearable jackets, if you do you stand a whole lot better chance of surviving if you fall in the water."

Another game warden, James Yetter said, "People under 13 must have a life jacket, and if you're an adult it must be closeby."

Jackson said, "Make sure everything is working on the boat before you go out."

Game wardens say the biggest mistake boaters make is not having a plan in case something goes wrong.

Jackson said, "They forget to follow a flow plan, what happens if you don't show up? If you don't show up , tell them where you're going to be and when you'll be back."

The bottom line is, if you don't want to get a ticket, you need to make sure you know what's legal on the water, and what's not.

Game wardens say this is a dangerous time of year because the water is still so cold. If you fall in the water it could knock your breath out and even a good swimmer can have a difficult time.