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Boating safety stressed this weekend

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

As boating season kicked into high gear Memorial weekend, so did the Department of Natural Resources.

Officers with DNR were out in the water all weekend inspecting boats for their "Choose Your Ride" Campaign kick-off. They were making sure all boaters were being safe, and were equippedwith all of the proper safety equipment. 

"We look for fire extinguishers, registration cards, a type four throw-able or square cushion, and a horn bell or whistle," said First Sgt. Earl Pope.

They were also checking for life jackets. DNR has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to life jackets. Every boat must have life jackets for all passengers on board, and the jackets must fit. If you are caught without a life jacket, you will be fined.  A fine can cost anywhere from $120 to $470.

Beverly Allen and her family take their boat out every other weekend. She said safety is their number one priority.

"It is very important," she said. "My son is DNR, so he has us prepared. [You] have to be very, very careful."

DNR will be out on the water all summer long inspecting boats.

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