The summer boating season is in high gear and with the long weekend, the Canadian Safe Boating Council along with RCMP has launched Operation Dry Water.
Ian Gilson is the Director of the Canadian Safe Boating Council.
He says drinking and boating is a bad idea.
“It seems to be part of our culture,” said Gilson. “People like to take out a six-pack of beer and head out on the water. And it’s a dangerous mix. 40-percent of our boating-related fatalities involve alcohol in one way, shape, or form.”
“The wind, the waves and the rocking motion tend to significantly increase the intoxicating factor associated with alcohol,” Gilson said. “So, you’re out there and you’re rocking back and forth. And all of a sudden, you’ve got a problem.”
“Often times though, when people involve alcohol, they end up taking risks,” Gilson said. Or not necessarily paying the attention they need to pay. If they’re in a crowded anchorage, and don’t see people who are swimming, those spinning propellers can cause a lot of damage.”
Gilson says the wind, the waves and the rocking motion tend to significantly increase the intoxicating factor associated with alcohol.
He says, if caught, impaired boaters can be charged with impaired operation of a motor vessel under the Criminal Code of Canada.