Boating and water safety for the July 4th holiday

The Fourth of July holiday is one of the busiest times for people being out on the water, but it can't just be all fun and games.

We caught up with a family who was soaking up some sun at Lake Martin.

"We are going to be out here boat riding, sitting out on the sand bars and having a good time," said Randall Payne.

While enjoy that time on the water, Payne has little ones and he says safety is the upmost concern.

"Your boat has to have enough life jackets for everybody and you have to obey by the rules."

Sarah Payne says, with all the fun going on in and around the boat, someone's always watching the little ones. 

"We keep an eye on them, just want to make sure they stay in the shallow as possible," said Sarah Payne.

Sargent Walter Lacey works with The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency's Marine Patrol Unit. 

"We're normally out here for safety violation wise," said Lacey.

Lacey says two of the biggest safety violations could lead to tragedy. 

"We want to make sure that the operators are not consuming alcohol and they're paying close attention."  Lacey says the rules for alcohol on the water are the same as the road, .08 is the legal limit.

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