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Officials remind boaters of safety precautions for holiday weekend

Published On: Jul 03 2013 02:54:06 PM CDT

MADISON, Wis. -

Dane County officials remind Rhythm and Booms viewers to consider safety precautions before going out on Lake Mendota to watch the show, according to a release.

Rhythm and Booms is set to take place Wednesday and the Dane County Sheriff’s Office will have extra patrols on the water during the event and throughout the holiday weekend, according to the release.

There is a slow/no wake ordinance enforced between sunset and midnight for all of Lake Mendota, which means boats can only move at a speed as slowly as possible while maintaining steerage control, according to the release.

Officials say the slow/no wake ordinance will be strictly enforced.

All motorboats anchored or adrift more than 200 feet from the shore must show a 360 degree white light that is visible for 2 miles between sunset and sunrise, according to the release.

Officials say non-motorized boats must carry a white light strong enough for other boats to be seen from a distance of 2 miles.

Boaters should plan ahead by checking lights and other required equipment to ensure that they are able to operate after dark, according to the release.

Officials say boating traffic is expected to be heavy and to expect delays at boat landings.

Boaters should make sure everyone in the boat has a personal floatation device and are encouraged to use a designated driver, according to the release.

Officials say fines for operating a boat while over the legal limit of intoxication can range from $250 to $500.

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