Boaters need to respect the rights of other people who live, recreate, or work on the water. On average, three-quarters of all reported boating accidents and half of all fatalities involve operator controllable factors. The most common types of such factors include careless or reckless operation, operator inattention, operator inexperience, excessive speed, loading and movement of passengers and gear, and failure to maintain a proper lookout. It is critical that all boaters be aware of and comply with current Department of Homeland Security measures and any other relevant regulations.