In an effort to keep state waterways safe over the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division will again be conducting courtesy safety inspections at some public boat landings.

The Labor Day holiday weekend is considered the last blast of summer and one of the busiest weekends of the year on state waters. Boaters who choose to participate in the free inspections may do so at designated landings where the inspections are offered. It only takes a few minutes and will make your day safer and more enjoyable on the water.

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources boating safety and enforcement officers will perform a quick, but thorough, inspection for items such as required safety equipment and proper boat and motor registration. Those who are not in compliance with safety regulations or registration requirements will not be ticketed during the complimentary inspections. Instead, they will be given an opportunity to correct the problem before they launch their boat. DNR officers will also be available to answer questions and give boaters tips on how to stay safe on the water.

Boat operators are reminded that wearable personal floatation devices are required for each person onboard. On boats 16 feet and longer throwable devices, such as flotation cushions, are required in addition to wearable devices.

Life jackets must properly fit each individual, whether child or adult, and be serviceable without tears, holes or other damage or wear that would decrease the effectiveness of the device. More than 90 percent of all boating fatalities could be prevented with the proper use of life jackets.

To report boating violations such as reckless operation or an intoxicated boat operator, call the DNR toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 800.922.5431.

Inspection will occur today, unless otherwise noted. Inspection locations are:

• Enterprise Landin (ICW Socastee) – 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Horry County (Sept.4)
• Alex Harvin Landing (Lake Marion) – 10 a.m.-Noon; Clarendon County
• Bennett's Point Ramp (Mosquito Creek/Ashepoo) – 9 a.m.-Noon; Beaufort/Colleton counties
• Big Man's Ramp/Hwy 391(Lake Murray) 9-11 a.m.; Saluda County
• Billy Dreher Island (Lake Murray) – 9-11 a.m.; Newberry County
• Buck Hall (ICW) – 9 a.m.-Noon; Upper Charleston/Berkeley counties
• Dam, Irmo Side (Lake Murray) – 9-11 a.m.; Lexington County
• Dorn Landing (Lake Thurmond) – 10 a.m.-Noon – McCormick County
• Folly (Folly River) – 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Lower Charleston/Dorchester counties
• Low Fall Landing (Lake Marion) – 9 a.m.-11 a.m.; Calhoun County
• New Peach Tree Landing (ICW) – 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Horry County
• Pack's Landing (Lake Marion) – 9 a.m.-11 a.m.; Sumter County
• River Forks Boat Ramp (Lake Hartwell) – 10 a.m.-Noon – Anderson County
• Riverfork Public Landing (Lake Greenwood) – 10 a.m.-Noon – Laurens County
• Rocky Point Landing (Black River) – 8 a.m.-11 a.m.; Georgetown County
• Santee State Park (Lake Marion) – 9 a.m.-11 a.m. - Orangeburg County (Sept. 5)
• 601 Landing (Congaree River) – 9 a.m.-11 a.m.; Richland County
• Big Man's Ramp/Hwy 391(Lake Murray) – 9 a.m.-11 a.m.; Lexington County
• Billy Dreher Island (Lake Murray) – 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Newberry County
• Clearwater Cove landing (Lake Wateree) – 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; Kershaw County
• Conway Marina (Waccamaw River) – 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Horry County
• Dam, Irmo side (Lake Murray) – 9 a.m.-11 a.m.; Lexington County
• Easterlings Landing (Lake Robinson) – 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; Darlington County
• Ebenezer Landing (Lake Wylie) – 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; York County
• Gallivants Ferry (Little Pee Dee River) – 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; Marion County
• Jim Rampey Rec Area (Lake Russell) – 10 a.m.-Noon – Abbeville County
• Leeds Ave/County Farm Landing (Ashley River) – 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Lower Charleston/Dorchester counties
• Lemon Island Boat Ramp (Chechessee River) – 9 a.m.-Noon - Beaufort/Colleton counties
• Low Fall Landing (Lake Marion( – 9 a.m.-11 a.m.; Calhoun County
• Pack's Landing (Lake Marion) – 9 a.m.-11 a.m.; Sumter County
• Parksville Boat Landing (Lake Thurmond) – Noon-2 p.m.; McCormick County
• Pole Yard Landing (North Santee River) – 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Georgetown County
• Ralph Hamer (Quimby Creek) – 9 a.m.-Noon - Upper Charleston/Berkeley counties
• Santee State Park (Lake Marion) – 9 a.m.-11 a.m. - Orangeburg County (Sept. 6)
• 99 Island Landing (Board River) – 10 a.m.-Noon – Cherokee County
• Big Man's Ramp/Highway 391 (Lake Murray) – 9 a.m.-11 a.m.; Saluda County
• Billy Dreher Island (Lake Murray) – 9 a.m.-11 a.m.; Newberry County
• Billy Tolar Landing (Wateree River) – 9 a.m.-11 a.m.; Richland County
• Buckhill Landing (Lake Wateree) – 9 a.m.-11 a.m.; Kershaw County
• Dam, Irmo Side (Lake Murray) – 9 a.m.-11 a.m.; Lexington County
• Dewitts Landing (Big Pee Dee River) – 9 a.m.-11 a.m. - Florence
• East Bay Street-Ball Park Landing (Sampit River) – 8 a.m.-11 a.m.; Georgetown County
• Gallivants Ferry (Little Pee Dee River) – 9 a.m.-11 a.m.; Marion County
• Garris/Moore's (ICW) – 9 a.m.-Noon - Upper Charleston/Berkeley counties
• Hwy 34 Public Landing (Lake Greenwood) – 10 a.m.-Noon – Greenwood County
• Low Fall Landing (Lake Marion) – 9 a.m.-11 a.m.; Calhoun County
• Main Ramp (Lake Bowen) – 10 a.m.-Noon – Spartanburg County
• Nivens Creek Landing (Lake Wylie) – 9 a.m.-11 a.m.; York County
• Pack's Landing (Lake Marion) – 9 a.m.-11 a.m.; Sumter County
• Pinckney Island Boat Ramp (Mackays Creek) – 9 a.m.-Noon; Beaufort/Colleton
• Riverland Terrace (Elliots Cut-ICW) – 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Lower Charelston/Dorchester counties
• Santee State Park (Lake Marion) – 9-11 a.m.; Orangeburg County
• Twelve Mile Park (Lake Hartwell) – a 10 a.m.-Noon; Pickens County
• White Oak (Lake Marion) – 10 a.m.-Noon; Clarendon County