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May 19, 2016DNR courtesy boat inspections set during Memorial Day weekend

In an effort to keep state waterways safe during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division will again be conducting courtesy safety inspections at some public boat landings. The Memorial Day holiday weekend, May 27-30, is one of the busiest weekends of the year on state waters.

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) boating safety and enforcement officers will perform a quick, but thorough, inspection for items such as required safety equipment and proper boat and motor registration. Those who are not in compliance with safety regulations or registration requirements will not be ticketed during the complimentary inspections. Instead, they will be given an opportunity to correct the problem before they launch their boat. DNR officers will also be available to answer questions and give boaters tips on how to stay safe on the water.

To report boating violations such as reckless operation or an intoxicated boat operator, call the DNR toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-922-5431. For a copy of South Carolina's boating regulations, to find out about local boating safety courses or to obtain a free float plan form, contact the DNR Boating Safety Office at 1-800-277-4301 or check https://www.dnr.sc.gov/education/boated.html.

Courtesy boat inspection sites May 28, May 29 and May 30 will be:

May 28:

Clarendon County, Alex Harvin Landing, Lake Marion, 10 a.m. to noon.

Horry County, Conway Marina Landing, 10 a.m. to noon

Lexington County, Lake Murray Dam, 10 a.m. to noon

York County, Ebenezer Landing, Lake Wylie, 10 a.m. to noon.

May 29:

Anderson County, River Forks Boat Ramp, Lake Hartwell, 2-4 p.m.

Fairfield County, Wateree State Park, Lake Wateree, 2-4 p.m.

May 30:

Charleston County, Wappoo Cut Landing, 10 a.m. to noon.

Pickens County, Gap Hill Landing, Lake Keowee, 10 a.m. to noon.

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