The Bullhead City Police Department would like residents and visitors to have a safe Memorial Holiday Weekend.
The Police Department’s Waterways Unit will begin patrolling the Colorado River, which is very busy during the summer months. It is important for jet ski and boat operators to know their vessel and the rules of the waterway.
One common violation is of the “proximity law,” where watercrafts must remain 60 feet apart from each other and the shoreline when maneuvering above a wake-less speed. Our boating officers often see personal watercrafts play and splash each other and do not realize how easy it is to collide.
Another common cause of accidents occurs when people travel on the wrong side of the river. The order of traffic on the river is the same as the traffic pattern on the roadway.
Boats are required to carry several safety devices, including a personal flotation device for each person onboard and children 13 years of age or under must wear a life jacket. Everyone on a personal watercraft or jet ski must wear a secured personal flotation device.
Please be sure you always have a sober operator on the water. A person found guilty of Extreme OUI (Operating Under the Influence) could receive a fine up to about $4,600, jail time of 180 days and a 36 month probation.
Bullhead City Police Boating Officers will be patrolling the waterways through Labor Day weekend.
In addition to the water, our roadways are expected to be congested. Patrols will be out looking for suspected DUI drivers this holiday weekend. To avoid an accident, please be a patient, courteous and sober driver.
City offices will be closed on Monday, May 30th to observe the Memorial Day Holiday. There will be no BATS bus service on Monday.