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Staying Safe On The Waterways This Summer

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) -- With summer comes boating, and law enforcement agencies want to remind boaters the importance of safety.

"Water is dangerous, and that is why the team is out here, to make sure that everybody is behaving themselves," said Ingham County Sheriff's Office Deputy Cheryl Huhn.

The Capitol Area Dive Team keeps local waterways safe.

By being out on the water, they are a visual reminder for boaters to behave.

"You get alcohol on board and all kinds of things start to happen," said Eaton County Sheriff's Department Deputy Ryan Keast.

Patrollers also make sure boaters have their licenses, boaters registration and life jackets on board.

"A lot of the kayakers think that they don't have to have them with them because they're not a motorized vehicle," said Keast. "They still have to wear them because they're a boat."

All offenses can cost you.

However, officials say, as long as you follow the rules, they enjoy being on the waterways just as much as you do.

"We want everyone to have a good time and as long as they do that and obey the rules we usually don't have any issues," said Huhn.

Eaton County is offering free boaters safety classes July 15, 16 and 18. For more information visit Eaton County's website.

To find out where classes are offered in your area, visit the Department of Natural Resource's website.

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