Being safe on the water and roadways

Updated: Friday, July 4 2014, 08:07 AM EDT
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WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Police have a word warning for travelers this Fourth of July weekend.

They say the holiday is historically a busy one out on the roads and in the waterways and can become dangerous if people do not follow standard safety measures.

Michigan ranks third in the nation for number of boat registrations, with almost a million registered watercraft.

According to the Great Lakes Surf Project, nearly 70 people died in the Great Lakes last year.    

The US Coast Guard says a vast majority of people who died in boating accidents were not wearing life jackets.

Marine patrols will be out in full force in West Michigan this weekend, making sure there is a life jacket on board for each passenger in every boat.
They will also be keeping a close eye on swimming conditions and constantly updating warning flags.

“On days we know the weather is changing, we'll be checking it hourly to see,” says Chief Ron Wise of South Haven Emergency Services. "We just want people to be aware when they see a red flag, there is a very strong chance they’ll experience strong or dangerous currents."
More than a million people in Michigan will be traveling by land this weekend as well.
Police say Fourth of July is one of the deadliest times of the year due to drunk driving.
Police will be cracking down here in West Michigan with sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols.
Make sure to always designate a driver if alcohol is involved in your holiday plans.
And if you see a drunk driver on the roads, call police right away.

Being safe on the water and roadways
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