COPY-Governor calls for boating safety over Memorial Day weekend

MONTGOMERY, Ala. Practice water safety if you are boating over the Memorial Day weekend. That advice comes from Governor Bob Riley for what's expected to be a busy three-day holiday weekend of on most of Alabama's waterways.

Here a few safe boating tips:- Always wear a life jacket- Make sure your navigating lights work before dark.- Tell someone at home where you are going in the boat.- Don't drink and boatAlabama Marine Police say the fine for B-U-I, or boating under the influence, first offense can be anywhere from 600 to two thousand dollars -- and up to one year in jail.The governor proclaimed the week of May 20th through the 26th as Safe Boating Week in Alabama.The United States Power Squadrons also provides boating education by calling 1-888-FOR-USPS or visit http://www-dot-usps-dot-org.

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