Summer is officially here, and the number of people taking to local waterways on boats and personal watercraft is increasing. Members of the Putnam County Legislature and public safety agencies are raising awareness to boating safety this season.
Carmel Fire Department officials are encouraging all vessel operators to take an approved course on boater safety and operating, and strongly recommend that everyone operating or riding on any type of watercraft wears a proper Personal Flotation Device. Safety components should include a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, throw cushions, horn, whistle, anchor, rope, and paddles.
The Putnam County Sheriff's Office is reminding boaters that it's illegal and unsafe to drink and boat. Those out on the water should designate a sober boater to navigate safely. The Carmel Police Department, New York's Marine Unit, continues to patrol Lake Mahopac to educate the boating public on safety and enforce the Navigation Law.
Assemblyman Kevin Byrne is reminding residents that they need to obtain a New York State Boating Safety Certificate. This was established by Brianna’s Law, enacted in 2019, for all motorized and personal watercraft operators. This requirement is being gradually phased in, and this year it applies to people born on or after January 1st, 1988. New York residents can, for a fee at the DMV, have the boater safety certificate marked on a driver’s license so the paper version won't have been be carried around.