Water and Boating Safety Initiative

Release Date/Time: August 2, 2017 10:31am
Location: Delta

With the summer boating season in high gear, in advance of the August 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.

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 the Delta Police Department are once again activating “Operation Dry Water” initiative.  Its goal is to discourage this dangerous practice of drinking and boating and in turn increase the safety of everyone on the waterways.

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 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. Additionally, drinking and boating is illegal and operators with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood could face the following consequences under the Criminal Code:

■1st offence: at least $1,000 fine

■2nd offence: at least 30 days of imprisonment

■3rd offence: at least 120 days of imprisonment

Operation Dry Water is aimed at reducing the number of alcohol-related incidents and fatalities on the water. The ultimate goal being to achieve safer and more enjoyable recreational boating for everyone.

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

 For further information contact:    

Ian Gilson
Director – Canadian Safe Boating Council
igilson@rogers.com
905-719-5152

Sgt. Cal Traversy
Delta Police Department
604-595-2125
ctraversy@deltapolice.ca