NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas State University- Newport hosted a Boating Education course Thursday by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
There have been seven fatalities this year in Arkansas and Arkansas Game and Fish representatives said they all could have been avoided. July is the month when most boating accidents occur. The Boating Education class teaches the fundamentals of safe and responsible boating.
"We would like to encourage people to boat safely and this is a good start," said Wildlife Officer, Marshall Ray. He said most boating accidents occur when someone becomes distracted and fails to practice safe habits.
"Folks not paying attention to what they're doing is the leading cause of boating accidents," Ray said. He also encourages boaters to know what's going on around them even if they are being safe.
"Don't assume the other boat drivers are going to be doing everything like they're suppose to," he said.