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Law enforcement out in full force on Midlands lake
Monday, June 27, 2011


LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) - What can be more relaxing than a weekend on the lake? It's you and your boat on the open water.

But it can quickly turn dangerous if you're not careful. That's why local law enforcement is stepping up its patrols to make sure you play by the rules.

It was the kind of weekend where just about everyone who had a boat in the Midlands was cutting the waters of Lake Murray. "I enjoy the water," said boater Jacob Carter. "It's a great place to hang out and socialize."

The lake will be even busier next weekend for July 4th. "With the economy the way it is, not many people are going out of town," said Lt. Mark McColman of the Lexington County Sheriff's Department. "So a lot of people will coming here."

But not everyone is able to stay safe while having a good time. It puts themselves and others at risk. "We see boats cutting in front of other boats, headed at another boat going the wrong direction," said Carter. "We see a lot of people coming around tight corners at way unsafe speeds."

That's why law enforcement was out in full force this weekend, checking for unsafe boaters and making sure everyone knows the rules.

There's no speed limit on the lake, but deputies and DNR agents were out on the water making sure every boater was wearing a life jacket, driving safely and not boating while drunk. "We run into a lot of people where we ask them about driving a car, and they say they would never drive a car in the condition they're in," said Lt. McColman.

But drunk and unsafe driving is just as much of a problem on water as on land. So if you decide to take the helm this summer, stay smart and stay sober. "It could be a real fun place if everybody keeps it safe," said Carter.

That's something both boaters and law enforcement can agree on.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=14976715

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