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Safety is top priority for Labor Day boaters

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Grayson County Game Warden Shane Bailey patrols Lake Texoma. (KTEN) Grayson County Game Warden Shane Bailey patrols Lake Texoma. (KTEN)

LAKE TEXOMA -- If you've got a boat (or know someone who does), you'll probably be spending time on the lake over the long Labor Day weekend.

That includes fishing enthusiast Lynn  Preuningr.

"Everything from stripers to small mouth, you never know what you're going to hook up with," he said.

Grayson County Game Warden Shane Bailey said they're expecting a huge weekend on the water.

"The last summer day, really, for Lake Texoma, so we're expecting a huge turnout," he said, urging that boaters mix fun with a healthy dose of caution.

"Water safety is public safety, so make sure if your child is 12 and under while you're in motion, they have to have a life jacket on," he said.

The rules also require that boats carry a life jacket for every person on board, along with a fire extinguisher, horn or whistle, and your registration.

"We always make sure we have our life jackets, our throwable devices, and today -- with the wind up -- we wore our life jackets," Preuningr said.

Also, make sure the person who's piloting your vessel isn't intoxicated.

"There is no open container law on public water, but your driver has to be sober," Bailey said. "He or she can have a drink, but just make sure they're not over the legal limit."

And this weekend, a new law goes into effect. Starting September 1, anyone with a kill switch on a boat 26 feet or less must have it attached to the person operating the boat.

"If that boat, for some reason you get capsized and you're the only occupant on the boat, the boat can actually turn around and run you over," Bailey warned.

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