CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The state Department of Natural Resources will conduct free boat inspections at public boat landings over the Labor Day weekend.
The inspections are part of an effort to improve safety during the holiday weekend, which SCDNR officials say is one of the busiest times for state lakes and waterways.
SCDNR boating safety and enforcement officers will perform quick but thorough inspections for required safety equipment and proper boat and motor registrations.
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The free inspections will take place in the Lowcountry area on Labor Day at the following locations, according to SCDNR spokesperson Erin Weeks:
- Beaufort County: Cross Island Landing, Broad Creek: 10 a.m. – Noon
- Berkeley County: Cypress Gardens Landing, Dunham Creek: 10 a.m. – Noon
- Charleston County: Buck Hall Landing, ICW in Awendaw: 10 a.m. – Noon
- Charleston County: Wappoo Cut Landing, south of Charleston Harbor on ICW: 10 a.m. – Noon
- Dorchester County: Herbert H. Jessen Landing, Ashley River: 10 a.m. – Noon
- Georgetown County: East Bay Street Park, Sampit River: 10 a.m. – Noon
Those who are not in compliance with safety regulations or registration requirements will not be ticketed and will be given an opportunity to correct the problem before they launch their boats.
SCDNR officers will also answer questions and offer additional safety tips regarding safety on the water.
Boaters can report boating violations such as reckless operation or an intoxicated boat operator by calling the SCDNR toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-922-5431 or by dialing #DNR on their cell phone.