Fishing season opener; boating safety and wildlife emphasis
SPOKANE, Wash. - Sheriff's deputies and game agents will be working together this fishing season throughout the county enforcing all applicable state and local laws. The goal is to promote safe boating and responsible harvest of local resources.
Deputies will be conducting boat inspections both on the water and at ramps to aid in safer boating. Enforcement will target those blatantly disregarding safe boating practices and/or local game guidelines and restrictions.
A "Zero Tolerance" policy will be in place for Operating under the Influence, lack of PFD's (life jackets), and failure to obtain the Mandatory Boating Education Card as required. Officials recommend all vessels carry a throwable PFD (Type IV) which is required if your vessel is 16 feet or longer in length.
Boaters are reminded each vessel must contain at least one life vest for each person aboard. These vests must be appropriately sized and in good condition. Children 12 years old and younger must wear a life vest at all times the boat is not docked, anchored, or beached.
Spokane County Traffic Deputies will be working the high traffic areas to ensure compliance with towing laws and trailer equipment requirements.
The Emphasis will begin on Saturday, April 24th and ends Sunday, April 25th.
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