Captain James E. Wilt, commanding officer of Troop B, Macon, announced Troop B marine operations troopers will conduct courtesy boat inspections on Mark Twain Lake and the Mississippi River as a part of National Safe Boating Week.

Captain James E. Wilt, commanding officer of Troop B, Macon, announced Troop B marine operations troopers will conduct courtesy boat inspections on Mark Twain Lake and the Mississippi River as a part of National Safe Boating Week.

National Safe Boating Week will take place from Saturday, May 20 through Friday, May 26, to promote safe boat operation during the kickoff to the upcoming boating season.

Troopers will conduct courtesy boat inspections from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at both the Ray Behrens Boat Ramp on Mark Twain Lake and the Hannibal Marina Boat Ramp on the Mississippi River. The goal of the boat inspection stations is to verify boaters have the required equipment on board their boat, provide a Patrol boat inspection sticker if the boater is in compliance, and to answer boating questions. There is no cost for those participating.

“The boating season is upon us and the Patrol is dedicated to promoting safety on our waterways,” Wilt said. “The upcoming boat inspections are a great way to ensure you will be safe while enjoying the many lakes and rivers in our area.”

Watercraft operators must consider the effect their actions have on others: Share the waterway and use common sense, good judgement and courtesy to ensure the safety of all. Life jackets save lives — wear them.