National Safe Boating Week will take place from May 21-27 to promote safe boat operation during the kick-off to the upcoming boating season.

Captain James E. Wilt, commanding officer of Troop B, Macon, announces that 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 May 21-27 to promote safe boat operation during the kick-off to the upcoming boating season.

On Saturday, May 21, officers will conduct courtesy boat inspections at the Ray Behrens Boat Ramp from 8 to 11 a.m.

On the same day, officers will conduct inspections at the Hannibal Marina Boat Ramp on the Mississippi River from 1 to 4 p.m. 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 insure you will be safe while enjoying the many lakes and rivers in our area.”