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Crews ramp up lake patrols ahead of Labor Day weekend

Posted at 6:29 PM, Aug 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-31 21:29:46-04

Thousands of people are expected to visit Lake Mead over the course of this weekend.

Swimming, boating, tubing, and jet-skiing are all popular water activities the whole family can enjoy, but the Department of Wildlife is also making sure people follow the rules.

Game wardens with the DOW are doing patrols around the lake, checking everything from fishing licenses to boating under the influence.  The law for boating under the influence is the same as it is with cars - the limit is .08.

Game warden Brittany Frolick says in the past few years, they've seen fewer cases of boating under influence since they've cracked down on enforcement, but it's still a big problem.

But she says the most common issue they come across is people not wearing life jackets, or not putting jackets on their children.

Frolick says especially with the number of deaths that have happened at Lake Mead in recent years, life jackets can save lives.

She also says it's important to keep track of the weather, because large waves can cause issues quickly if you're out on the water.