User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


44° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Most Popular Today


Designated Drivers On South Dakota Lakes

July 4, 2014, 5:01 PM by Perry Groten

Designated Drivers On South Dakota Lakes
WALL LAKE, SD -

Boaters are drawn to the inviting water of South Dakota lakes on a hot Fourth of July. But add alcohol to the mix and a holiday on the lake can turn tragic. The safety strategy of a designated operator, much like a designated driver, is gaining steam among boaters on Wall Lake.

Nothing keeps Fourth of July festivities afloat quite like a boating outing on Wall Lake.

"It's good to be out and away from town, with friends and spend some time in the water, get out here early before it gets too windy," Wall Lake boater Paul Boerboom said.

Boater Paul Boerboom steers clear of alcohol while he's at the helm.

"We just do our boating first and then if we want to enjoy a beverage later that's how we do it, especially if you're driving the boat," Boerboom said.

One of Boerboom's passengers is an off-duty Minnesota police officer who stresses the importance of staying safe in a boat.

"Always make sure you have enough life jackets for those that are in the boat," boat passenger Jesse Mettner said. "If you are going to choose to have an adult beverage, then make sure that you've got somebody designated that's going to withhold themselves from that as your designated boater."

The threshold for drunken boating is the same as drunken driving: A blood-alcohol level of .08 percent. And drinking alcohol can quickly catch up with a boater during a hot day on the lake.

"I do know that being in the sun and being active and things like that can make you feel the effects perhaps more so if you were not in the sun and not active," Mettner said.

Traffic flows on Wall Lake rely upon boaters being responsible about alcohol on board.

"And the laws on the lake are to travel counter-clockwise that helps control the traffic and less chance of having a collision with anybody,"  Boerboom said.

One of the busiest weekends of the summer for boating can be one of the safest as well, as long as drinking doesn't go overboard.

According to South Dakota boating laws, if you're operating a boat in the water, you've automatically given consent to law enforcement to alcohol or drug testing.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

Four Dead In Sisseton Shooting

11/22/2014 7:09 AM

South Dakota authorities are searching for a Sisseton man following a shooting early Saturday morning that left four people dead and another person in...

Full Story
Name Of Person Who Died In Deadly Crash Released

11/16/2014 1:35 PM

Authorities have released the name of the person who died in a crash on Interstate 29 near Brookings on Saturday.

Full Story
UPDATE: Sisseton Homicide Suspect Found Dead In Home

11/22/2014 10:40 AM

Colter Richard Arbach has been located and identified as one of the four people shot and killed this morning in Sisseston.

Full Story
New Charges Filed Against Faith Rasmussen

11/19/2014 4:59 PM

She's already admitted to running a large marijuana ring, now Faith Rasmussen is accused of arranging a deadly robbery.

Full Story
SF Teen Surprised By Garth Brooks

11/19/2014 2:17 PM

A legendary country music star gives support to a Sioux Falls family while their teenage daughter was in a Minneapolis hospital last week.

Full Story


Events