The unofficial start of the boating season at the Lake of the Ozarks is just days away and the Missouri State Highway Patrol is encouraging boaters to think safety first. That’s according to LT. John Hotz.
Hotz says the patrol wants boaters to have fun but also stay safe:
According to the Highway Patrol, 500 people drown each year nationwide from recreational boating crashes. Of those, 88 percent were not wearing a life jacket.