Lake Patrols Heavy At Joe Pool Lake On The 4th

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    It was a busy Fourth of July on area lakes. At Joe Pool Lake in Grand Prairie, cars were backed up for more than a mile to just gain access to the lake. (Published Friday, Jul 4, 2014)

    It was a busy Fourth of July on area lakes. 

    At Joe Pool Lake in Grand Prairie cars were backed up for more than a mile to just gain access to the lake. 
    In 2013 there were seven drownings during the holiday weekend across North Texas, but this year, emergency crews are working to decrease that number. 
    Grand Prairie Police and Fire are tag-teaming lake patrol.
    “We’ve got an added police presence on the shore so they can concentrate on the water and we can handle disturbances on the shore,” said Lyle Gensler with the Police Department.  
    And on the water they are on the look-out for boaters breaking the rules. 
    “Mostly life vests, kids that aren’t wearing their life vests. Speeding in a no speed zone. Reckless driving just like you would on the highway,” he said. 
    Boaters are heeding the warning. 
    “You can certainly see people are taking precautions a lot more than they used to out here,” said boater Chris Wilkerson. 
    "Putting life jackets on children and here on bank where swimming. You can see stepped up knowledge of safety and security, you can see police on the lake. Just making sure everyone is okay,” he said.