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DNR wardens making sure boaters are prepared and safe


LAKE WISCONSIN (WKOW) -- Families have been out on the water the past couple weekends with all of the warm weather, but what the Wisconsin DNR doesn't want them to forget is safety first when it comes to boating.

DNR Warden Ryan Volenberg was out making routine boat-traffic stops on Lake Wisconsin.

"We'll make sure that you haven't been drinking," he told one boater before conducting a drunk driving test.

Although drunk driving is one of his biggest concerns, there are many others. From checking boaters safety cards, inspection stickers and of course enough life jackets on board is always important to check before hitting the water.

"This is suppose to be an enjoyable time for people. It's their weekends off or their holidays off. We just want to make sure that nobody is getting hurt, because if somebody gets hurt, or killed then the fun goes away," he added.

Volenberg said in order to have a safe time, boaters should keep a proper distance from each other and obey signs in the water.

"Understand you're not the only user out here. We have land owners that have waterfront properties, we have fishermen, we have boaters. Just try to show the common courtesy and respect that you would expect," Volenberg said.

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