June 30, 2017  |  09:16 am

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division will be proactively patrolling our waterways this holiday weekend. 

Tasked with enforcing all state and local boating regulations, the Marine Division will have extra boats and deputies on the parish’s waterways throughout the Fourth of July holiday, ensuring that our residents are participating in safe boating practices. 

Sheriff Randy Smith wishes to remind everyone that the same laws that apply on land, still apply on the water, especially when it comes to drinking and driving.  He also reminds boaters to be mindful of no wake zones and to make sure their vessel is equipped with personal floatation devices as required by law.

There will be many boats of various sizes on the rivers and lakes throughout the long holiday weekend. Please be mindful of your surroundings and the other watercraft around you. 

“We want everyone to have fun this Fourth of July,” Sheriff Smith said, “but we also want everyone to be safe. Please be careful when out on the water and do not consume alcohol if you are operating a watercraft or plan to be on the water.”

While we hope for a safe holiday weekend on the water, the deputies working in the Marine Division are specially trained in water rescues and special tactics to be used in watercraft. If you have an emergency on the water, please call 911. 

 

Public Information Officer - Contact Information
Deputy Meredith Timberlake – 985-809-8207 or meredithtimberlake@stpso.com