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Spike in law enforcement coincides with increased holiday traffic on Wisconsin's waterways

6:19 AM, Jul. 1, 2013
Water hazards in Wisconsin
Water hazards in Wisconsin: More than 200 people have died as a result of boating accidents in Wisconsin since 2002 and at least 171 of the victims weren’t wearing life jackets, according to law enforcement records. (June 2013)
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Expect to see law enforcement stepping up its presence this week along Wisconsin's busiest waterways.

State and local laws are strictly enforced on the state's most popular lakes and rivers, especially around major holidays such as July 4 when boat traffic can increase dramatically, a Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team review of law enforcement records since 2002 showed.

The review found that law enforcement officials across the state hand out the most tickets for boaters who don't have the required number of life jackets on board. Other common violations include drunken ...

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