Posted at: 08/31/2013 10:09 PM
Updated at: 08/31/2013 11:48 PM
DNR: Fairly Safe Summer on Minnesota Lakes
(ABC 6 News)-- The Labor Day weekend is typically a very busy time on roads, but it also has area lakes filled with people trying to soak up the last full weekend of summer before school starts. DNR officials say overall it's been a pretty safe summer on the water.
"Labor Day weekend is always a family weekend for us and it's also one of our last boating weekends," said Alisse Indrelie at Albert Lea Lake.
The warm weather mixed with the long weekend makes for a busy time out on the water.
"Just cruise around, spend time with family, maybe do a little tubing," said Alex Johnston of Albert Lea.
With so many people enjoying activities on area lakes, Minnesota DNR officials are making their rounds, urging drivers to boat safe over the holiday weekend.
"We're looking for anything where people could possibly injure themselves or others," said DNR Conservation Officer Chad Davis.
Reminding boaters that it's the law to have life jackets on board and a sober driver. Overall DNR officials say it's been a pretty safe summer on Minnesota lakes and rivers.
"The actual number of boating injuries are down from this time last year," said Davis.
So far this year in Minnesota, eight people have died in boating accidents with a ninth person missing. This is compared to nine fatalities by this time last year.
"I think it's been a fairly safe summer, you know, anytime we have any fatalities or accidents I think that's too many, so that's one thing we're trying to get that number reduced,” said Davis.
The DNR hopes safe and fun can both be part of everyone's labor day celebrations.
"We're excited to enjoy one last good weekend,” said Indrelie.
With so many people out on the water, the DNR is also reminding boaters to be aware of other watercrafts on crowded lakes.