Memorial Day weekend is usually the kick off to summer, with everyone enjoying water activities. The Nueces County Sheriff’s Department took KRIS 6 while they patrolled the bays and canals to talk boating safety and what law enforcement are looking for this holiday weekend.
Deputy Sheriff Rudy Gonzales and Deputy Jason Vead, patrol the area near the Packery channel and throughout the island. They say they will be keeping a close eye on boaters and doing routine safety checks. All boaters are required to have a life jacket for every person on-board, they must have a fire extinguisher, sounding device and proper lights that can be used at night. Citations will be given if boaters are not following the rules.
Another issue that the sheriff’s department runs into, are boaters driving too fast, not knowing the area of the flats and not slowing down in ‘No Wake’ zones. Deputy Sheriff Gonzales says if a boater causes a wake and it damages someone’s property, then that boater will face consequences if caught.
Recently, Nueces County Sheriff’s have been working some overnight shifts. Trying to deter theft issues that some residents have been facing.
Nueces County’s sheriff’s department will begin patrolling Friday afternoon. DPS, Customs and Texas Parks & Wildlife will also be patrolling throughout the weekend.