Operation Dry Water has begun; boating safety emphasized

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SD&G — Anti-drinking-and-boating initiative ‘Operation Dry Water’ is making waves this long weekend.

Regardless of where you boat in Canada, operating a vessel with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) above .08 constitutes Impaired Operation of a Vessel under the Criminal Code of Canada, emphasize the Ontario Provincial Police, whose officers have stepped up enforcement and education measures July 28-Aug. 1.   In Ontario, boat operators violating the BAC limit also have their Driver’s Licence suspended immediately.  Upon conviction, boating privileges may be suspended and a Criminal Impaired Driving conviction will be registered.

The weekend campaign is joint effort involving the OPP and the Canadian Safe Boating Council. They urge everyone to get out and enjoy the waterways this hot, dry summer, but ask you to “keep it dry and save it for shore.”

Drinking and boating accounts for approximately 40 per cent of boating-related fatalities in Canada.

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