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The Smiths Falls Police Service supports the Canadian Safe Boating Council initiative to reduce impaired boating deaths this August long weekend

Drinking and boating accounts for approximately 40% of boating-related fatalities on Canadian waterways. To raise awareness and reduce alcohol related deaths, the Smiths Falls Police Service is supporting the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) initiative called “Operation Dry Water.” Its goal is to discourage this dangerous practice.

With the summer boating season in high gear, the August 1st 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 Smiths Falls Police Service 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. Officers will be checking boats in and along the Rideau Canal system through town to ensure people are boating responsibly and following the rules of the water. Please ensure you are being responsible and have all of your proper safety equipment on board.

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.

Some provinces have enacted legislation where drinking and boating can affect your automobile driving privileges. In Ontario you will lose your Driver License. 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.

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Operation Dry Water gets full police support

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The Smiths Falls Police Service supports the Canadian Safe Boating Council initiative to reduce impaired boating deaths this August long weekend

Drinking and boating accounts for approximately 40% of boating-related fatalities on Canadian waterways. To raise awareness and reduce alcohol related deaths, the Smiths Falls Police Service is supporting the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) initiative called “Operation Dry Water.” Its goal is to discourage this dangerous practice.

With the summer boating season in high gear, the August 1st 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 Smiths Falls Police Service 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. Officers will be checking boats in and along the Rideau Canal system through town to ensure people are boating responsibly and following the rules of the water. Please ensure you are being responsible and have all of your proper safety equipment on board.

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.

Some provinces have enacted legislation where drinking and boating can affect your automobile driving privileges. In Ontario you will lose your Driver License. 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.

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