OHP warns boaters to take caution on the Fourth - KSWO 7News | Breaking News, Weather and Sports

OHP warns boaters to take caution on the Fourth

"The Lake Patrol Section of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol would like to remind boaters venturing out for Independence Day festivities that many of our lakes are significantly above normal levels. The topography of these lakes will be different than when they are at normal lake levels, and obstructions and hazards to navigation may not be visible.

In the past, boaters on unfamiliar waters when the water is high have struck submerged picnic tables and charcoal grills," said Captain George Green, Boating Law Administrator.  "Additionally, we would like to remind boaters going out to watch fireworks on the water of the importance of anchoring from the bow. The bow is designed to ride up over waves and wakes from other vessels while waves and wakes from other vessels often break over the square stern causing many boats to swamp, then capsize," Captain Green said.

Troopers of the Lake Patrol Section will be out in force this weekend to assist the boating public and enforce the law. Troopers will be especially watching for violations of Oklahoma's "Operating a Vessel Under the Influence" laws, and safety violations including Reckless Operation, Careless Operation, proximity violations, and equipment violations such as unapproved or too few life jackets. 

Captain Green said, "The Kyle Williams Boating Safety Education Act, where every operator between the ages of 12 and 16 must be supervised by an adult and in possession of an approved boating safety education certification card to operate a boat or personal watercraft, will be strictly enforced."

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Unapologetic Trump digs in on immigration despite outrage

    Unapologetic Trump digs in on immigration despite outrage

    Monday, June 18 2018 4:20 AM EDT2018-06-18 08:20:01 GMT
    Tuesday, June 19 2018 12:24 AM EDT2018-06-19 04:24:56 GMT
    (Butch Comegys/The Times-Tribune via AP). U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks on immigration policy and law enforcement actions at Lackawanna College in downtown Scranton, Pa., on Friday, June 15, 2018.(Butch Comegys/The Times-Tribune via AP). U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks on immigration policy and law enforcement actions at Lackawanna College in downtown Scranton, Pa., on Friday, June 15, 2018.

    Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new "zero-tolerance" policy that refers all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution.

    Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new "zero-tolerance" policy that refers all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution.

  • Director: FBI won't repeat mistakes noted in watchdog report

    Director: FBI won't repeat mistakes noted in watchdog report

    Monday, June 18 2018 2:40 PM EDT2018-06-18 18:40:23 GMT
    Tuesday, June 19 2018 12:24 AM EDT2018-06-19 04:24:28 GMT
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, left, and FBI Director Christopher Wray wait to testify as the Senate Judiciary Committee examines the internal report of the FBI's Clinton email probe and the role ...(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, left, and FBI Director Christopher Wray wait to testify as the Senate Judiciary Committee examines the internal report of the FBI's Clinton email probe and the role ...
    The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says the Justice Department has a "serious credibility problem.".
    The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says the Justice Department has a "serious credibility problem.".
  • Upping ante, Trump threatens new tariffs on Chinese imports

    Upping ante, Trump threatens new tariffs on Chinese imports

    Monday, June 18 2018 1:30 PM EDT2018-06-18 17:30:14 GMT
    Tuesday, June 19 2018 12:24 AM EDT2018-06-19 04:24:07 GMT
    Trump recently ordered tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods in retaliation for intellectual properly theft. The tariffs were quickly matched by China on U.S. exports. (Source: Pixabay)Trump recently ordered tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods in retaliation for intellectual properly theft. The tariffs were quickly matched by China on U.S. exports. (Source: Pixabay)

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says China is engaging in "predatory economics 101" and an unprecedented level of larceny" of intellectual property.

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says China is engaging in "predatory economics 101" and an unprecedented level of larceny" of intellectual property.

Powered by Frankly