EDMOND, Okla. – Edmond police are patrolling Lake Arcadia this holiday weekend, reminding you to be safe out on the lake.
"Basically, we’re looking for boater safety, people not operating their boats in an unsafe manner,” said Sean Bryant with Edmond PD.
Part of that is making sure your boat is stocked with the proper safety items, like enough life jackets for everyone on board.
"If you're 12 and under, you have to a life jacket on in the waters of Lake Arcadia. We have that ordinance here. It's not like any other lake in Oklahoma. We actually have an ordinance for life jackets for swimming only,” Bryant said. "Labor Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, big weekends at the lake, a lot more safety tickets like that are written for failure to wear a life jacket.”
Lake goer Jolene Seal said she never forgets life jackets, along with not letting her kids out of her sight.
"We just make sure they're within arms reach and, if they're ever in a struggle, tell them to always just keep paddling,” Seal said.
That’s something Bryant said all parents should do, especially on busy holiday weekends.
"We don't want any child to drown out here. We don't want anyone to drown, but it's especially hard on a family when a child drowns,” Bryant said.
A ticket for a child under 12 not wearing a life jacket in Lake Arcadia will cost you over $100.