Operation "Dry Water"
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-- Allen Reynolds checks his boat cargo one last time before heading out on the waters at Harrison Bay.
He's just one of many people expected to spend the weekend on the water but says he'll do it a bit more caution.
After three fatalities last weekend he says boating safety is top priority. Approximately, 30 state officers will patrol local waters on Saturday and Sunday.
Officer Ben Davis says the majority of the fatalities the agency deals with are alcohol related.
He says what's worse, the accident scenes are so bad finding evidence of what happened can be nearly impossible.
Davis says that's why the TWRA is issuing a warning to anyone drinking and thinking of getting behind wheel on the water.
Reynolds says in all of his years of boating, he was surprised by the events of last weekend.
He knows boating accidents are bound to happen.
He says this weekend, he'll be more aware of what's going on around him.
TWRA officers always encourage boaters to wear life vests. They say this is a common mistake boaters make.
If you are unsure, you can have an officer do a free safety inspection of your boat.
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The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is teaming up with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office to keep drunk boaters off the lake.
According to a TWRA officer, eight boats will be patrolling the waters conducting check-points.
The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and TWRA want boaters to know that alcohol and boating don't mix through operation "Dry Water".