ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Boaters are on the water this Memorial Day weekend, but along with those holiday celebrations come a few safety reminders and responsibilities.
The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office and the State Police are putting extra patrols out on Sylvan beach to make sure boaters are watching their speed near the shoreline and showing safe boating behavior.
For both boaters and drivers, police will be on the lookout for anyone who may be driving under the influence.
“We all have to do our part to make our roadways safe. We all want to go out, have a good time, we’re all for that, but have a plan before you go out, have a plan. Have a designated driver, a family member, a friend, a taxi, Uber, Lyft, call someone because you don’t want to end your night in the back of one of our vehicles,” said Major Philp Rougeux of the New York State Police.
The Sheriff’s water patrol teams also want to remind people to check their boats from top to bottom to make sure everything is working properly and to also make sure you have enough life jackets on board.