This coming Memorial Day weekend will bring an increase in outdoor recreational activity, and all boaters and off-highway vehicle (OHV) operators are reminded to exercise safe, ethical and responsible practices when on the water, roads and trails. The Game and Fish Department offers these tips for a successful weekend trip.
Life Jackets – When on or even near the water, you should always wear a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) approved and properly sized life jacket. All children 12 and under are required by law to wear one when underway on any vessel. Promote safety in your family by wearing a life jacket.
Boat Registration – Renew boat registrations online at www.azgfd.gov/outdoor_recreation/WatercraftRegistration.shtml. The online watercraft registration system allows individuals to renew their registration and have immediate use of their watercraft. For new boats or a change of registration, you can also register a boat at any Game and Fish office.
OUI – Operating under the influence on a boat is the same as driving under the influence in your car. .A blood-alcohol content of .08 is legally drunk in Arizona, so don’t drink and operate when on the water. The penalty can be fines, loss of equipment or in the worst case, loss of life. Don’t ruin what should be a fun weekend.
Boat Safe, Boat Smart, Boat Sober – To learn more about boating and boating safety go to www.azgfd.gov/boating.
Helmet – When on an OHV you should always wear a U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) approved, properly fitted and fastened helmet. All operators under 18 are required by law to wear a helmet in Arizona. If riding in an OHV, like a side-by-side, you don’t need a helmet, but if riding on an ATV or dirt bike, then a helmet is required.
OHV Decal – If an OHV is made by the manufacturer for use over unimproved terrain and it weighs 1,800 pounds or less, you need to display the OHV Decal. You can purchase the $25 OHV Decal at all Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) offices or online at www.servicearizona.com. Annual OHV Decal renewal notices will now be sent out by the Game and Fish Department.
OUI/DUI – As with boats, operating or driving under the influence on an OHV is the same as in your car. A blood-alcohol content of .08 is legally drunk in Arizona, so don’t drink and operate/drive when on the trail. The penalty can be fines, loss of equipment or in the worst case, loss of life. Don’t ruin what should be a fun weekend.