May 25, 2018  |  03:05 pm

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division will be proactively patrolling our waterways over Memorial Day weekend. 

Weather permitting, there will be many watercraft of various sizes on the rivers and lakes as the boating season kicks off for the unofficial start of summer. Please be aware of the potential threat of inclement weather, mindful of your surroundings and of other watercraft around you. 

Sheriff Randy Smith reminds everyone that the same laws that apply on land, also 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 and other equipment as required by law.  Also, remember to “file a float plan” by letting a friend or family member know where you launched/started your trip and when you expect to return.

Tasked with enforcing all state and local boating regulations, the Marine Division will have extra patrol boats and deputies on the Parish’s waterways throughout the holiday weekend, ensuring that our residents are engaging in safe boating practices.  While we hope for a safe holiday weekend on the water, STPSO Marine deputies are specially trained in water rescues and special watercraft tactics.