OPP to Support Operation Dry Water Over Long Weekend
ORILLIA, ON, July 29, 2014 /CNW/ - Alcohol was a factor in 42 per cent
of the 17 boating fatalities investigated by the Ontario Provincial
Police (OPP) this season. Over the Civic Day Long Weekend (August
2-4), the OPP is partnering with the Canadian Safe Boating Council and
enforcement agencies across Canada for Operation Dry Water, a national
campaign aimed at decreasing incidents of injury and death related to
operating a boat while impaired by drugs or alcohol.
The majority of boating tragedies are preventable and everyone on the
water has a role to play to ensure it is a safe and enjoyable activity.
"We are all responsible for safety, as boaters, cottagers, guests as
well as marina staff," said Chief Superintendent Chuck Cox, Commander
of the Highway Safety Division. "Strongly encourage your family and
friends to not mix drinking and boating before they head out and report
impaired boaters to police," added Cox.
In Ontario, the consumption of alcohol by anyone on board any boat
underway is unlawful. Boaters are allowed to have open alcohol only on
boats with permanent sleeping, cooking and washroom facilities built
into the boat's design and only when those boats are docked or at
Whether operating a motorized boat, canoe or any other type of marine
vessel, doing so while impaired by alcohol or drugs is investigated
similarly to driving a land vehicle and has the same consequences.
Impaired operators face criminal charges and immediate suspension of
their driving privileges for motor vehicles.
OPP marine officers continue to patrol Ontario waterways, promoting
safety through equipment checks, encouraging paddlers and small craft
operators to wear their lifejackets and focusing on alcohol enforcement
and deterring reckless behaviours.
Get on board...don't drink and boat!
Operation Dry Water
OPP Marine Safety
Hooked On Lifejackets
SOURCE: Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
Contacts by OPP Region:
Highway Safety Division:
Sergeant Kerry Schmidt
Phone: (416) 460-4701
Sergeant Peter Leon
Phone: (705) 330-3738
Sgt. Kristine Rae
Phone: (613) 285-2750
Sergeant Shelley Garr
Phone: (807) 473-2734
North East Region:
Sergeant Carolle Dionne
Phone: (705) 845-2738
A/Sergeant Chrystal Jones
Phone: (519) 652-4156