“Operation Dry Water” - Out to Reduce Impaired Boating

North Vancouver

2017-08-04 13:57 PDT

File # 2017

Drinking while 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 the North Vancouver RCMP is launching year five of an initiative called Operation Dry Water. The goal is to discourage this dangerous practice.

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With the summer boating season in high gear, the August 7th 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 the North Vancouver RCMP want to raise awareness to the danger of boating under the influence and to remind boaters not to drink and boat.

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, said Cpl. Richard De Jong of the North Vancouver RCMP. Our officers have been out on our local waters being extra diligent in enforcing these laws.

Canadian Safe Boating Council Operation Dry Water is aimed at reducing the number of alcohol-related incidents and fatalities on the water. It fosters a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol use while boating. The goal is to achieve safer and more enjoyable recreational boating.

During the August 7th long weekend, the North Vancouver RCMP police vessel will be out conducting safety checks both on the water ways and local boat launches.


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Cpl. Richard De Jong

Media Relations
North Vancouver RCMP
147 East 14 St, North Vancouver, BC, V7L-2N4
Office: 604-969-7561
Cell: 604-363-5584
Fax: 604-990-7450

Email: richard.dejong@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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