Over the weekend, and throughout the season, boaters will inevitably be on the water at night. In the last two weeks there have been three people killed and at least three others injured in boating accidents that happened after dark. Captain Matt Walz of the Water Patrol says without a doubt, you need to slow down when the sun goes down.
Walz says night vision is crucial – making sure you can see water, as well as what’s reflected in it.
Direction of travel, location on the water, the amount of shoreline lights, and changes in depth perception are also contributing factors that make night-time navigation more dangerous. Boaters are encouraged to know and follow all the laws regarding navigation lighting on your boats, and of course, to have a sober operator behind the wheel.