EDMOND — The near-drowning this week of a 3-year-old girl at Arcadia Lake is a good example of why Edmond police plan to cite parents who let their children get in the water or in a boat without a life jacket.
“We have a zero-tolerance policy on failure to wear a personal flotation device by those 12 and under,” police Sgt. Chad Langley said.
Angela Kilgore was teaching her daughter Jada how to float in the water when the girl nearly drowned, said Jennifer Monroe, Edmond police spokeswoman.
The mother, of Arcadia, was written a ticket for her child not wearing a life jacket. The fine is $119.
“As far as we know, it happened in 30 seconds to a minute,” Langley said. “It evolved very quickly.
“We want people to go out and enjoy the lake, but they have to pay attention and keep an eye on their children.”
Police also are asking people to have patience on the boat ramps.
On the weekends and holidays, only vehicles with boat trailers can park in the boat ramp parking areas.
“Basically, we want people to enjoy Arcadia Lake, but they need to keep public safety in mind,” Langley said.
All the park and safety rules are listed at www.