This and That. 7/27/17.


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It Is Dangerous Out There

While I was half in the bag on pain meds the Boss read me the enforcement figures for the July 4th weekend.  Since I was having trouble remembering my own name I had her text it to me so I could comment on them when I was out of the rabbit hole with Alice.

TWPD reports they did over 17,ooo boating checks over the holiday.  There were 33 boating accidents, 7 non-boating deaths, (Not sure how they classified these, maybe drownings?) and a total of  55 DWI arrests.  These figures can be interpreted as either great, or concerning.  Not having the total numbers of tickets issued for violations it is hard to decide what to think.

On one hand they checked a ton of boats, which indicates how busy the weekend was.  And in all those checks only arresting 55 drunks is great statistically.  But no matter how you look at it, any fool driving a boat drunk on the busiest holiday of the summer is one fool to many.  And what to say about boating accidents, 33 again seems not to bad for a busy holiday.  But 33 is to high. While not knowing the character of the accidents, my thought would be that the majority of them could have been avoided.

As they say, liars figure and figures lie.  I know we have had several incidents on our local bays this year, and saltwater anglers (Myself included.) can learn a little from the bass boys.  One of the great results that came out of bass tourney fishing was when they made life jackets and kill switches mandatory.  As a result of that it is common to see bass fisherman with life jackets on, something we rarely see on our bays.  And thinking about it, I almost always wear a jacket on my bass fishing trips, but rarely on the bay.  Maybe that is related to the depth of water most of the bay trips occur on.  The easy answer is “Heck I can stand up”, true, unless you are tossed on your head and knocked stupid.  It would suck to drown in 2 foot of water, but it happens every year.  One thing that is constant for me no matter where I fish is the kill switch.  They save lives, period.  At least the boat will not run over me, even if I am unconscious.

I do want to salute TPWD for their service to the boaters of this state.  Not only are they doing their job, they are making it safe for the rest of us.  And who knows, those 17,000 checks most likely saved a life or two that weekend.  So remember next time you get checked, they are doing it to not just to keep us all safe, but also to educate boaters on the law, which many boaters need.  But as long as you have your stuff together it is no problem.  I like chatting with them, usually.  While this might be a little rambling, I hope you get the point.  In my case having a pontoon boat upside down on my head taught me a little lesson.  The 2 life jackets I had on that day saved my life, and whenever I start to slack off wearing my life jacket I just think back to the scariest 30 seconds of my life.scan0035We towed it back to the dock after it got hit by the tornado.  That freakin’ thing was on my head.  And there are the jackets that saved my life.



About Redfishlaw

I am a retired attorney who just loves to fish. I was a freshwater guide for about 20 years and now have moved to the salt. I am not the greatest fisherman, but I am committed. So if you love fishing, and want to learn what little I have to offer, stop by anytime.
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