With boat traffic increasing on Canandaigua and Honeoye Lakes due to the nicer weather, Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson wants to remind boaters of information in order to have a safe and fun season:
In New York anyone born after January 1, 1993 is required to complete a boater safety course. In 2025, operators of all motorized vessels will need to complete a course.
Children under 12 must always be wearing a life jacket while on a watercraft. While anyone over the age of 12 is not required to wear one, it is recommended and there must be life jackets on the boat for all passengers.
Any vessel that is 16 feet or longer must have visual distress signals, such as hand-flares, and they must have an orange flag, fire extinguisher, whistle or anchor horn and first-aid kit.
The laws for operating a vessel are similar to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence- an operator with a blood=alcohol level of .08% or higher it is considered to be legally intoxicated.
Call 911 in an emergency.
More information is available on ontariosheriff.org under the law enforcement and MRV division.
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