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GRDA police: Grand Lake boaters must follow these rules

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Posted at 4:36 PM, Jul 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-01 19:10:29-04

GRAND LAKE, Okla. — Grand River Dam Authority police say they'll have all hands on deck for the Independence Day weekend on Grand Lake.

GRDA says they'll have extra patrols on the water.

"We are gonna be fully staffed. We are gonna have ten boats on the water. That's double than what we usually have," says GRDA police officer Jason Weilert.

Weilert says the extra help will allow them to better enforce boating laws. GRDA police want to remind people that every person in a boat must have a life jacket available, every boat driver must have a valid license, and if the driver is between 12 and 16 years old they also have to have a boater's license.

Police say there are several other rules lake visitors must follow.

"People not using their life jackets, intoxicated drivers, aggressive drivers, people not monitoring the no-wake zone, and the buoys," Weilert says.

They say there are two main reasons they strictly enforce the no speeding in a wake zone rule.

"First and foremost people's safety, then the property. The wakes tear up the docks and stuff."

If you decide to drink this weekend, the lake patrol says don't drive the boat, because they will be on the lookout.

"We can't do a lot of field sobriety of course on the water because the boats moving. But of course, ask a lot of questions and things of that nature, interview witnesses."

GRDA says they will be handing out free t-shirts this weekend to people who are wearing their life jackets.

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