Op­er­a­tion Dry Water

The Glengarry News - - Health, Beauty, Fitness, Nutrition -

Drink­ing and boat­ing make for a deadly mix, ac­count­ing for ap­prox­i­mately 40 per cent of boat­ing-re­lated fa­tal­i­ties on Canadian wa­ter­ways. To raise aware­ness and re­duce al­co­hol-re­lated deaths, the On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice (OPP) is part­ner­ing 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, this is the per­fect time to re­mind 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. Be­ing charged with im­paired op­er­a­tion of a ves­sel car­ries the same con­se­quences as im­paired op­er­a­tion of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle. In On­tario that in­cludes a sus­pen­sion of your ve­hi­cle driv­ing priv­i­leges. In On­tario, no al­co­hol can be con­sumed by any­one on board while a boat is un­der­way. Only boats with per­ma­nent sleep­ing, cook­ing and wash­room fa­cil­i­ties on­board may per­mit con­sump­tion but only when docked or at an­chor.

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