Major Thomas E. Roam of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Water Patrol Division encourages boaters to pay extra attention to water safety over the July Fourth holiday weekend. The Independence Day holiday is often the busiest single weekend on Missouri’s waters. If you plan to be out after dark be sure to make sure your boat’s navigation lights are working and have extra bulbs on board. While there are fewer boat crashes after dark they tend to involve more serious injuries due to reduced reaction times and distances. Slow down and allow for extra room between other boats. Missouri’s night time speed limit on the water is 30 miles per hour. Viewing fireworks from the water can be unique experience but it is illegal to light fireworks from a boat so leave them at shore.