- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is reminding boaters ahead of the Fourth of July holiday about the importance of safety and responsible alcohol use while on the water.

Brandon Gust is a boating law administrator with the department. He says safety compliance by the boating public is good, but boating under the influence is a persistent issue.

The agency says boaters should reduce speed while other craft are near; watch for swimmers and other people enjoying the water; make sure boats have life jackets for passengers; and be courteous while docking, among other tips.

Gust says safety is the most important factor for a fun outing.

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