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Signs for Safety Helps in Boating, Snowmobiling EmergenciesSubmitted: 03/27/2013
Story By Lex Gray


THREE LAKES - Boating will be a little safer this summer in one Northwoods community.

The Three Lakes Police Department is starting a "Signs for Safety Program."

That means addresses will be posted along the lake, instead of just in front of houses.

Police chief Scott Lea says the department gets a lot of calls from boaters or snowmobilers who don't know where they are.

The new signs will help people figure out where they are and get emergency crews there faster.

"We do have a fair amount of people who come up and boat within the Three Lakes Chain of Lakes or snowmobile during the winter time," Lea said. "They may not be familiar not only with where they are on the lake, but where a road may be."

The signs should be up within the next month.

The department is starting with 100 signs on the chain this summer.

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