Educate yourself on the rules of the water
Along with the long, hot days, comes boaters heading to the river to try to get some relief from the 85 plus degree days weíve been experiencing.
This hot weather and use of the motor crafts is not necessarily a bad thing, however, there has been a spike in the amount of boats and jet skis just trying to catch some waves.
We need to remind those operating the water crafts and those who are just along for the ride to watch out for other boaters and hare the waterways.
There are many young boaters on the river, who do not know the rules of water and do not find it necessary to educate themselves by taking a boaterís safety class. Thatís their prerogative. However, that still puts other boaters at risk.
One easy way for those uneducated boaters to learn the rules is by visiting the City of North Tonawanda web site and clicking the link that states a few facts about boater safety - www.northtonawanda.org.
This way, we can improve the safety on the waterways together. Although there isnít a great amount of information needed to operate a boat, there are rules and regulations that should be followed in order to have a fun and safe day on the river.
The link offers up to date information about what boaters should be equipped with while operating their motor crafts, including life vests and fire extinguishers. As well as who has the right of way in certain incidents when the operator may not know the proper way to pass another boater.
These are simple answers to simple questions that in the end, may help avoid potential accidents on the water.
Please take into consideration the other boaters. Many of the other vessels have children or pets on board, who are just along for the ride to enjoy the day.
Use caution and exercise intelligent thinking while heading out for a day of fun.