Police are patrolling the Connecticut waterways this holiday weekend to keep boaters and swimmers safe.
Eyewitness News got a special ride along with the Stonington Police Department Marine Unit.
Police launched their boat from Stonington Harbor and headed down the Pawcatuck River.
On Saturday, marine unit members, officers Tony Cassata and Greg Howard, were out to enforce boating laws, keep safety and deter bad behavior. Just like on the roads, speeding is common problem they see on the water.
It only took a few minutes before a boater had to be warned because of the big wakes he was causing.
“When wakes are created they could actually dislodge their anchor or cause damage if they're tied up with one another,” Cassata said.
Aside from speeding, police said they find erratic drivers and boats that are overloaded with people.
At times, they stop to check and make sure there are enough life jackets, especially when children are on board.
Kathy Kendrick, of Middletown, said she has been coming to Stonington for decades.
“We love to come to Stonington because it's nice and quiet,” Kendrick said.
Kendrick said she knows all too well, with this final big boating weekend of the season, the trouble that can follow it.
“We look out for the crazies that are out there,” Kendrick said. “They have their kids hanging off their boats. They tend to drink a little too much.”
So she welcomes the police presence and delivers a message of her own to fellow boaters.
“Be safe, have a good time, enjoy the good weather and if help is needed, help,” Kendrick said.
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