From the OPP
Drinking and boating accounts for roughly 40 percent of boating-related fatalities on Canadian waterways.
To raise awareness and reduce alcohol-related deaths, the OPP has partnered with the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) to launch Year 5 of an initiative called “Operation Dry Water.”
Its goal is to discourage the dangerous practice of boating while impaired by alcohol.
With the summer boating season in high gear, the August long weekend is the perfect time to remind Canadian boaters about the risks of impaired boating.
Combined with sun, wind, waves, and the rocking motion of the boat, the effects of alcohol on the water can be greatly increased.
Through this initiative, the CSBC and the OPP would like to raise attention to the issue of boating under the influence.
While the responsibility of law enforcement on the water falls on police, the responsibility to ensure our waterways are a safe place to work and play is shared by all boaters.
Alcohol and drug impairment continue to be a factor in boating deaths and injuries and, similar to the efforts on our roadways, we all have a role to play.
For more information, visit the CSBC website at www.csbc.ca under CSBC Safety Campaigns.