East Prince Chapter of MADD promoting boat safety

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SUMMERSIDE — The East Prince Chapter of MADD and the Canadian Safe Boating Council are teaming up to promote boat safety. 

Drinking and boating accounts for about 40 per cent of boating-related fatalities on Canadian waterways. To raise awareness and reduce alcohol related deaths, MADD East Prince Chapter has joined the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) to launch the second of an initiative called Operation Dry Water, the aim of which is to discourage this dangerous practice.

With the summer boating season in high gear, the Aug. 2 long weekend in most parts of the country is the opportune time to remind Canadian boaters about the risks of drinking and boating. 

Combined with sun, wind, waves and the rocking motion of the boat, the effects of alcohol on the water can be greatly increased.

The CSBC and MADD East Prince Chapter would like, through this initiative, to raise attention to the problem of boating under the influence and to remind boaters not to drink and boat. 

Operation Dry Water will focus on the potential risks of drinking and boating, and remedies that are currently in place to discourage it.

Federal statutes dictate that, whether or not your craft is motorized, you can be charged with Impaired Operation of a vessel under the Criminal Code of Canada if your blood alcohol level exceeds the .08 threshold.  

This means you can be charged even if you are impaired while operating a canoe and a judge is able to, upon conviction, suspend your boating privileges.

But that’s not all.

Some provinces have enacted legislation where drinking and boating can affect your automobile driving privileges.  

Operation Dry Water is aimed at reducing the number of alcohol-related incidents and fatalities on the water while fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol use while boating.

The end goal? To achieve safer and more enjoyable recreational boating.

For CSBC’s 30-second PSA and additional information on boating safety please visit www.csbc.ca.

In its ongoing effort to reduce harms associated with impaired boating, MADD Canada is reaching out to the boating community with a new survey. Boaters can provide their input on important issues of boating safety by taking the brief survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/boatingsafetysurvey. Participants are eligible to be included in a prize draw at the end of the boating season.

newsroom@journalpioneer.com

Organizations: Canadian Safe Boating Council, MADD

Geographic location: Canada

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