Fall fishing season is in full swing, and there are plenty of lakes all over Texas to help you catch your fill. However, there are some places in the Lone Star State that are safer than others when you're on the water.

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AZ Animals states that the main cause of collisions, as well as drowning deaths, are from people not observing basic safety measures. Statistics show around 85% of victims in boating accidents were not wearing life jackets, and so their deaths were preventable. Alcohol-related incidents also were a factor in many boating fatalities.

Boating and Drinking in Texas

In Texas, if you're on a lake, it’s illegal to operate any kind of vessel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Passengers can drink on boats as long as the operator isn’t consuming alcohol.

Texas' Boating While Intoxicated Law

The Boating While Intoxicated law prohibits anyone from being in control of any vessel under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including a kayak, according to Paddle Camp. Recreational education site boat-ed.com states that penalties for breaking the law can include losing your Texas Driver's License.

Most Dangerous Lake in Texas

In the State of Texas, over 300 people die in lakes every year, according to AZ AnimalsTexas Parks & Wildlife Department reports that between 2010 and 2020, 26 of those deaths occurred at Lake Conroe, a 21,000-acre lake in Montgomery County.

Lake Conroe is seven miles northwest of Conroe, Texas on the West Fork of the San Jacinto River. Last year, Lake Conroe had six fatalities: five drownings and a fatal boating wreck, the deadliest in recent history.

Another factor that can contribute to fatalities is low water temperature. Year-round water temperatures in Lake Conroe fluctuate between an average of 48°F in the winter and 86°F in the summer. Water below 60°F can cause hypothermia, according to the National Weather Service. The sudden dip in temperature can cause dramatic changes in breathing, heart rate and blood pressure, creating a greater risk of drowning even for good swimmers in calm water.

The Most Dangerous City in Texas for 2022 May Surprise You

According to FBI statistics, Texas had 438 violent crimes and 2,562 property crimes per 100,000 residents as of this year. For every 100,000 residents, there are 224 police officers statewide.

Crime rates are expressed as the number of incidents per 100,000 people.

Bet You Didn't Know: 10 Bizarre Texas Laws Still on the Books

Many states still have strange laws on the books that aren’t enforced or taken seriously anymore, and Texas is no exception.

Most of these laws are just funny now, but at one time, there was a valid (or at least somewhat valid) reason for them to exist.

Texas has plenty of strange rules and regulations that you could technically be prosecuted for if you violate them, since they've never been amended. Some of these are only for specific cities and not state-wide, but all of them are pretty odd!

Let's take a look at 10 of the weirdest ones in the Lone Star State.

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