Law enforcement officers are working with a high school toward building student awareness of life jacket safety while boating.
“We want to get (people) on the water to use their life vests while underway, and do it automatically,” said Sgt. Wayne Richardson, lake enforcement officer with the York County, SC Sheriff’s Office.
50 students wore life jackets at Clover High School, and a video production class produced a public service announcement.
“My parents stress it out pretty well, keeping a life jacket on,” freshman Chandler Huskey said. “It may not be the stylish thing, I guess, but if something were to happen – it could happen at any minute – you want to be safe. You don’t know what could happen.”
Next year’s plan is for other high schools in York County to have a competition with Clover for gathering the most students wearing life jackets and producing the best public service announcement.
“We’re going to introduce it to every high school next August, so at the end of the year they’ll have a contest,” Richardson said. “There’s going to be a trophy.”