‘TIS THE SEASON FOR LAKE DAYS – HERE ARE SOME REMINDERS ON HOW TO STAY SAFE ON THE WATER
Memorial Day weekend is sometimes called the unofficial start to summer, and some people brought out their boats for the first time this year. But, the lake did not just attract locals.
“It is very important to spend time with family,” Ginger Chandler, who visited Tuscaloosa from Delta, Alabama, said. “I have been so busy lately, I have not been able to see them lately, and so we are just looking forward to having a fun day with our grandsons and our daughter.”
For those who are planning on staying cool on the water for the summer months, there are a few things to remember. The fun in the sun can turn dangerous quickly if vessel operators and passengers do not obey water laws.
Tuscaloosa Police Lake Patrol will be out at Lake Tuscaloosa to makes sure folks stay safe. The biggest problem they say is driving under the influence. Also, driving on correct sides of the water, which is the same concept on roadways. And of course, making sure everyone has a life jacket is imperative.
“Children are supposed to wear life jackets,” Charles Ballard, a lake patrolman for Tuscaloosa Police Department, said. “If you are 8 years old or under, you must wear a life jacket the whole time you are on the boat. That is a big safety concern for our children and we need to make sure we abide by that law.”
And one last reminder for anyone planning to go out onto Lake Tuscaloosa for summer fun: there is no alcohol permitted on the lake.