Nashville, TN – The Labor Day holiday, the final major weekend of the 2022 summer boating season, is September 3rd-5th. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) wants to emphasize the use of life jackets while boating in a safe and responsible manner.
The TWRA wants all those who visit the waterways to have an enjoyable time. However, TWRA officers will be on the watch for dangerous boating behavior, such as boating under the influence (BUI) and other reckless operations.
All children ages 12 and under on board must wear a life jacket. In addition, there must be a life jacket onboard the vessel for each person.
Tennessee has already seen 24 boating-related fatalities this year an increase from 17 at the same time last year. The 24 fatalities have surpassed the year total of 22 for 2021.