NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. -- The marine unit in Nassau County is working to make sure boaters stay safe on the waters.
John Walker and his wife were prepared for a relaxing day out on their boat and weren't expecting to get pulled over.
"There's just so many places you can get in trouble," Walker said.
Nassau County Marine Unit Detective Ken Clemens said he pulled Walker over for going too fast in a no-wake zone.
Clemens said they'll be looking for boating violations throughout the holiday and checking for proper boating safety gear.
"The leading cause of fatalities is roughly 90% of people falling in the water and don't have a life jacket on," Clemens said.
In Florida, boaters must have an equal amount of life jackets to people on board. Boaters who don't face consequences.
"You could face up to a $90 fine through the state, and if the Coast Guard were to stop you, it would be a federal violation," said Clemens.
Walker got off with a warning and said he's actually glad he was stopped.
He said that means officers are keeping the waters safe, because a nice boat ride could turn dangerous in seconds.
"It can turn around really quick, and there's a lot of dumb people out," said Walker.
Fernandina Harbor Marina has had drownings in the past, and officers said they are making sure no drownings happen on this Labor Day.
Officer will also be looking for people drinking and driving.