BOSTON (AP) - U.S. Coast Guard crews will be on the water throughout the Fourth of July weekend boarding recreational boats to ensure they have proper safety gear and that operators aren't under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The Coast Guard is working with state and local authorities around the Northeast to emphasize boating safety during the weekend, which is known historically for being the busiest and deadliest boating period.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Mark Katic reports
Crews will monitor both recreational vehicles and Massachusetts Bay Authority ferry boats.
The Coast Guard is urging boaters to wear life jackets and to not drink alcohol.
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