July 4th Boating Safety

The 4th of July is almost here!

Many people love to go out on their boats and enjoy the holiday. Unfortunately, the 4th of July, along with Memorial Day and Labor Day, account for more than a third of all boating related accidents and fatalities according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Our bailbondsmen at 49th Street Bail Bonds want you to be safe when boating so offers these tips:

•Always wear a life jacket. Spend the money and buy the life jacket that is most comfortable for you. If it isn’t comfortable then you won’t wear it. Make sure your passengers are wearing life jackets also. Statistics show that 80% of people who die in boating accidents were not wearing life jackets.
•Make sure that all of your equipment and emergency equipment is working on your boat before departing. Make sure your navigation lights are working and that everything is in good condition.
•The operator of the boat should be experienced. Make sure that the operator of the boat is familiar with how to use the GPS, knows the location of the trim switch, running lights, and bilge switch by feel, can move hand between the throttle and wheel without looking. Basically, the boat operator should be comfortable with driving the boat.
•Avoid distractions such as texting and boating or taking part in any unnecessary discussions.
•Have a marine-band radio on board that can be used in case of distress.
•Have a float plan. This is basically just letting your friends and family know where you are going and when you expect to return. If you change the plans, let someone know.
•Watch out for carbon monoxide poisoning. This can be emitted from gasoline engines, generators, cooking ranges, and space and water heaters.
•Be familiar with the area that you are boating in.
•Observe safety zones.
•Watch out for excessive speed.
•Be prepared for an emergency. Never use a flare as a firework.
•Stay aware. Watch out for other boaters. Be cautious and defensive.
•Follow the navigation rules.
•Do not set fireworks off from your boat.
•Do not drink and boat. Boating and alcohol do not mix. While it is legal to drink alcohol on a boat (if you are 21 and older), it is illegal to operate a boat under the influence of alcohol. Drinking and operating a boat could lead to charges of boating under the influence (BUI).

Our team at 49th Street Bail Bonds wants you to be safe while having fun over the 4th of July holiday. Unfortunately, things happen and many people end up spending time in jail. Charges such as BUI (boating under the influence) and reckless/negligent boating do occur. Boaters can be arrested and put in jail for boating under the influence, for causing an accident, or for being negligent.

49th Street Bail Bonds bails clients out of jail for many charges including DUI, domestic violence, drug trafficking, theft, and more. To start the bail bond process, please call 727-592-0000. We have a bail bond agent available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days of the year.

Don’t go it alone! Rely on the expertise of our bail bond agents to navigate the ins and outs of the bail bond process. We can assist with paperwork, answer questions, and explain how the court system and bail bond process works. We have helped your neighbors across Pinellas County including those residing in or near Clearwater, St. Petersburg, St. Pete Beach, Madeira Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, Largo, Bay Pines, Seminole, and the greater Tampa Bay area. We can help you too! Please call us at 727-592-0000 to start the bail bond process.