DNR holds courtesy boat inspections

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The S.C. Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division will again be conducting courtesy safety inspections at some public boat landings in an effort to keep state waterways safe during the upcoming July 4th weekend.

S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) law enforcement officers will perform a quick, but thorough, inspection for items such as required safety equipment and proper boat and motor registration. Those who are not in compliance with safety regulations or registration requirements will not be ticketed during the complimentary inspections. Boaters will be given an opportunity to correct the problem before they launch. DNR officers will also be available to answer questions and give boaters tips on how to stay safe on the water.

To report boating violations such as reckless operation or an intoxicated boat operator, call the DNR toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-922-5431. For a copy of South Carolina’s boating regulations, to find out about local boating safety courses or to obtain a free float plan form contact the DNR Boating Education Office at 1-800-277-4301 or visit the DNR website at www.dnr.sc.gov/boating/index.html.

Courtesy safety inspections will be at the following locations and times in Beaufort County:

• July 2, 10 a.m. to noon, Alljoy Boat Landing-May River.

• July 3, 10 a.m. to noon, Grays Hill Landing, Whale Branch Creek.

• July 23, 10 a.m. to noon, Battery Creek Landing (Parris Island), Battery Creek.

 

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