A Kingfisher aluminum boat anchored in a cove in Prince William Sound, Alaska. MCR/Charles Black/File Photo
BULLHEAD CITY — The Bullhead City Police Department’s Waterways Unit will begin patrolling the Colorado River this Memorial Holiday Weekend and would like to remind residents and visitors to be safe around water this summer.
BHCPD, Bullhead City Fire Department, Western Arizona Regional Medical Center, Mohave County Parks and the City of Bullhead City have kicked off the “Don’t Wreck Your Weekend” campaign to promote boating safety.
BHCPD responds to about 50 watercraft accidents every summer on the river.
One common violation is of the “proximity law,” where watercrafts must remain 60 feet apart from each other and the shoreline when maneuvering above a wake-less speed. Boating officers often see personal watercrafts play and splash each other and do not realize how easy it is to collide. Another common cause of accidents occurs when people travel on the wrong side of the river. The order of traffic on the river is the same as the traffic pattern on the roadway.
They urge people to pay attention, wear their life vest and to be a sober operator. Remember: stay right, boats can’t brake and keep a safe distance away from other boaters.
It is important for operators, particularly people renting personal watercrafts, to know their vessel and the rules of the waterway.
In an effort to help make our waterways safe, all rental consumers are mandated to watch a safety video before they operate a personal watercraft on the Colorado River. This safety video can be viewed on YouTube at https://youtu.be/YUHPMVHKuqY or on BHCPD’s Facebook or Twitter pages.
Prepare for a busy boating season and have a safe summer. Don’t Wreck Your Weekend!
In addition to the water, our roadways are expected to be congested. Extra patrols will be out looking for suspected DUI drivers this holiday weekend.
Funding for the saturation DUI enforcement is provided by an Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety grant.
Please be a safe driver and operator on the waterways and roadways by being sober, patient and courteous.
City offices will be closed on Monday, May 27 to observe Memorial Day.