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LAKES AREA NEWS: Boating safety for the 4th of July

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OKOBOJI, Iowa (KTIV/KUOO) -

A campaign promoting safe boating in the Iowa Great Lakes is kicking into high gear just in time for the busy 4th of July holiday.

The campaign is a joint effort involving Compass Point Behavioral Health Services and lakes area businesses.

Angie Mitchell is with Compass Point’s Spirit Lake office said, "Yes, businesses, if they have a sign outside we’re asking them to post a message so people see it and are reminded. You’ll see a lot flyers in lakes area businesses that just say “be a smart, safe, sober boater with some information on it. The businesses have been wonderful and very helpful with the campaign.”

Mitchell said boating while under the influence remains a major problem in Iowa, even light of a new law that sets the limits for drunk boating the same as those driving a car.

Mitchell said they have statistics that show 66-percent of boating fatalities in 2013 were actually alcohol-related.

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