Missouri Water Patrol starts safe boating campaign

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) - The Missouri State Water Patrol has started a campaign to promote boating safety this summer.

Gov. Jay Nixon has declared next week to be Safe Boating Week in Missouri.

The Water Patrol is promoting the use of life jackets. It also plans to offer boat safety checks on Saturday at 10 inspection sites on nine Missouri rivers and lakes.

The Water Patrol says safe boating practices include taking a safety certification course, wearing life jackets and not drinking alcohol while operating a boat.

State officials say about 700 people die nationwide each year in boating-related accidents.

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