Sheriff’s Office Prepares for 2020 Boating Season

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MADISON–Memorial Day weekend is typically the official kick-off to the boating season in Wisconsin. The Dane County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind boaters to make safety their top priority and to check their equipment before heading out on the water.

The Sheriff’s Office Marine and Trail Enforcement will have several boats on Dane County lakes this weekend. If the weather cooperates, getting out on the lakes will be an opportunity for people to enjoy the outdoors. Please consider the following tips when preparing for this boating season.

• Ensure there is a life jacket for everyone on board

• Check batteries, gas levels and lighting

• Check the fire extinguisher

• Display proper registration information

• Have a sober driver

COVID-19 Safety Precautions                 

• Maintain social distancing

• Only share a boat with members of your own household

• Don’t raft or tie boats together

• One person on a pier/dock at a time

• No fishing from public piers

• Avoid touching common touchpoints & use hand sanitizer 

If you are going to be out on the lakes this weekend and over the summer, please do so safely and responsibly. For more information on the Sheriff’s Office Marine and Trail Enforcement and boating safety, go to https://danesheriff.com/Divisions/Field-Services/Marine-and-Trail-Enforc....

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