Fireworks event a “No-Wake Zone”

The Smith Mountain Lake Water Safety Council (WSC) has once again designated the on-water viewing area for Parkway Marina’s fi reworks spectacular, being held this year on Saturday as part of the Saunders Volunteer Fire Company Independence Day Fundraiser Celebration, a “No-Wake Zone.”

“This will be the 12th year this good-sense boating safety protocol has been in force at SML,” said WSC Chairman Patrick Massa. “We know that the no-wake observance makes the evening more comfortable and enjoyable for everyone. Even more importantly, we’ve seen it dramatically reduce the risk of collision or swamping in the areas where boats congregate to view the fireworks that evening. We know that eliminating the “race away after the show” behavior that used to plague boaters makes the event safer and less likely to mar someone’s holiday celebration with an on-water incident. So, we’re expecting all boaters to comply with the ‘No-Wake’ protocol again this year.”

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will join the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and DGIF Conservation Police in monitoring boater behavior that evening.

The fireworks draw a huge crowd of boaters, many of whom are unaccustomed to being on the water after dark. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office along with other local law enforcement will be monitoring boaters who are being reckless during this event.

-For more information, see the July 3 edition of the Smith Mountain Eagle-

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