Memorial Day Weekend Free of Boating-Related Fatalities
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is reporting that there were no boating-related fatalities reported over the 2012 Memorial Day holiday weekend.
During the Memorial Day holiday period from Friday, May 25 through Monday, May 28, there were eight total reported boating accidents. Five of the accidents resulted in injuries and the other three were property damage accidents.
TWRA officers made 22 boating under the influence (BUI) arrests over the weekend, an increase of nine from the same period last year. Officers also issued 12 reckless/negligent operation citations, down two from 2011.
This marks the second consecutive Memorial Day holiday weekend that there were no boating fatalities. Last year, there were six reported accidents, two of which resulted in injuries.
There have been seven boating-related fatalities from five accidents thus far in 2012 in Tennessee. There were also seven fatalities at this time last year.
TWRA officers have worked 39 reportable boating accidents in 2012. Officers have now made 42 BUI arrests.