The Canadian Safe Boating Council and Ontario RCMP Marine Units Team Up to Reduce Impaired Boating Deaths This August 5th Long Weekend

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ON, Aug. 3, 2017 /CNW/ - Drinking and boating accounts for approximately 40% of boating-related fatalities on Canadian waterways. To raise awareness and reduce alcohol related deaths, the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) and RCMP Marine Units is launching year 2 of an initiative called "Operation Dry Water."  Its goal is to discourage this dangerous practice.

With the summer boating season in high gear, the August 5th long weekend is the perfect 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 RCMP Marine Units 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; it can get worse.

Some provinces have enacted legislation where drinking and boating can affect your automobile driving privileges. In Ontario, if you are caught boating while impaired you face the same penalties as if you were driving a car: you will lose your driver's licence!

Operation Dry Water is aimed at reducing the number of alcohol-related accidents 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. 

This initiative is made possible through support of Transport Canada's Office of Boating Safety. 

For a 30-second PSA and additional information on boating safety please visit under CSBC Safety Campaigns.

SOURCE Royal Canadian Mounted Police

For further information: Ian Gilson, Director - Canadian Safe Boating Council,, 905-719-5152; Cpl. Louise Savard, Media Relations Officer, RCMP "O" Division (Ontario), Phone: (905) 876-9709


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