Jason Higgins, a conservation warden with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, checks the fishing licenses of Ket Ongsa, right, his nephew, Kit Ongsa, left, and Ben Bruehl on June 9 as the men fish near the Lake Butte des Morts bridge in Oshkosh.
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 ...