Coast Guard and CHP Urge Boating and Driving Safety

ALAMEDA, Calif. - The U.S. Coast Guard along with the California Highway Patrol are urging both boating and driving safety over the Memorial Day weekend here.

Today marks the beginning of Memorial Day weekend, and the Coast Guard would like to remind boaters to have an operational marine VHF radio onboard their boat in order to contact the Coast Guard on Channel 16, in the event of an emergency. Along with a VHF radio, the Coast Guard urges the use of Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB), which can be activated during an emergency to provide an accurate location of your vessel to the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard also recommends the use of lifejackets, and to ensure you have proper signaling equipment onboard.

The California Highway Patrol will also be stepping up enforcement during the holiday weekend, with 80 percent of CHP officers on patrol, as well as several DUI check points.

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