Law enforcement patrol waters on Memorial Day

Posted at 4:32 AM, May 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-30 08:51:22-04

There will be a lot of people on the water this holiday weekend. Authorities want you to have fun, but to be safe and smart.

Memorial Day marks the kick-off to the summer boating season.

In Stuart, Martin County's Marine Unit was making their presence known, ensuring people are being responsible.

It's been a busy weekend so far, but deputies expect Monday to be the busiest by far.

They typically see an increase in alcohol-related incidents out on the water. Deputies are reminding boaters to always have a designated driver and make sure all of your safety gear is in compliance as well.

"We're looking for everything, overloading of vessels.  We're looking to make sure everybody is safe. Underage drinking is a big thing. Basically we want everybody to have a good time without anyone getting hurt," says Mike Joseph with the marine unit.

Deputies along with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will be stopping boaters to make sure they are in compliance and have the right amount of life jackets on their vessels.