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St. Louis (KSDK) - The U.S. Coast Guard is stepping up to prevent anymore boating accidents this summer.

NewsChannel 5 caught up with coast guard members as they were patrolling the Mississippi River near the Archgrounds Tuesday.

The coast guard recommends that you get a safety inspection before heading out. They will inspect your boat for free and will not write you a ticket for any violations.

But, if they catch you on the water without the property safety gear on board they can write you a ticket or a summons.

The coast guard can also terminate a boating trip if the driver is intoxicated.

"The main thing we want to do is make sure that you're enjoying yourself and also you are not causing any danger or hazard to other boaters who are following the rules and regulations," said John Jorgensen.

The coast guard also teaches boating safety courses. If you complete it you'll get a boater safety card, and in Missouri that's required for anyone born after January of 1984.

To enroll in the course call 314-504-1104.

Click here for the Official Boater Safety Education Course in Illinois.

Click here for the Official Boater Safety Education Course in Missouri.

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