Impaired Boating Is The Same As Impaired Driving



    Keep Safety In Mind On Roadways And Waterways

    TORONTO, Aug. 1 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Whether you drive a boat or a car, in Ontario the same penalties apply if
you foolishly drink and drive and put people's lives at risk.
    Between 1996 and 2005, more than 133 people were killed in boating
incidents in Ontario where alcohol was involved.
    In 2006 the McGuinty government extended Ontario's tough penalties for
drinking and driving to boat operators:

    
    -  Immediate car driver's licence suspension for 90 days if a boat
       operator has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over 0.08 BAC or
       fails to provide a breath sample. Upon conviction, a suspension could
       extend from one year to a lifetime.
    -  Mandatory alcohol assessment, plus driver education and treatment.
    -  Installation of ignition interlock on the impaired driver's vehicle
       for a period of time after licence reinstatement.
    

    Drivers and boaters with a blood alcohol concentration of more than
0.05 BAC but below the legal limit also face an immediate 12-hour driver's
licence suspension.

    QUOTES

    "Whether you are on the road or on the water, you must be able to react
quickly and make sudden decisions to keep yourself and your passengers safe.
Alcohol interferes with your abilities and puts everyone at risk," said
Transportation Minister Jim Bradley
(http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/about/minister.htm). "One life lost to
drinking and boating is one too many."
    "Impaired driving costs lives," said Community Safety and Correctional
Services Minister Rick Bartolucci
(http://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/english/about_min/bio.html). "Whether on our
roads or waterways, I urge everyone to be sensible and avoid the risks
associated with alcohol. Let's all be safe this holiday weekend."
    "OCCID reminds drivers and boaters that the consequences for impaired
driving and boating are significant and include long licence suspensions,
costly increases to insurance premiums, a criminal record, and remedial
measures and ignition interlock as part of the reinstatement process," said
Ontario Community Council on Impaired Driving (OCCID) (http://www.occid.org/)
Executive Director Anne Leonard. "Please plan a safe ride home this holiday
weekend."
    "A boating tragedy can happen anywhere and to anyone," Ontario Provincial
Police Commissioner Julian Fantino
(http://www.opp.ca/Organization/Commissioner/index.htm) said. "It is important
to be well prepared for your boating excursion whether it's a few days or a
few hours. Drinking and boating is just as wrong as drinking and driving. We
want to see everyone have a good time but do so safely."

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -  Ontario's drinking and boating law also applies to the operation of
       motorized watercraft such as jet skis and non-motorized boats such as
       canoes, kayaks and inflatable rafts.

    -  Drowning is the most common boating injury associated with alcohol,
       accounting for about 40 per cent of boating deaths. Just over half of
       all drownings occur over weekends. (Source: Lifesaving Society 2008
       Drowning Report)
    (http://www.lifesavingsociety.com/PDF/98ONDrowningReport2008EdFinal.pdf)

    -  Between 1990 and 2005, impaired driving fatalities in Ontario dropped
       nearly 50 per cent. However, about one quarter of Ontario's road
       fatalities continue to be alcohol-related.

    LEARN MORE

    Visit the Ontario Community Council on Impaired Driving's Impaired
    Boating is Impaired Driving
    (http://www.occid.org/arrivealive/impaired-boating.html) web page for
    more information.

    Read the Ministry of Transportation's Summer Guide To Safe Driving
    (http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/topics/summerdrive.htm) for a
    safety tips to keep in mind on the roads and waterways.

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For further information:

For further information: Nicole Lippa-Gasparro, Minister's Office, (416)
327-1815; Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, (416) 327-1158

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