National safe boating week topic of the day...boating under the influence...
The effects of alcohol can be extremely dangerous on the water. Boating under the influence affects judgment...vision...balance and coordination.
These impairments can increase the risk of being involved in a boating accident...both for passengers and boat operators.
Alcohol is a contributing factor in about a third of all recreational boating fatalities. It is illegal to operate any boat or watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in every state. Penalties can include fines...suspension or revocation of your drivers license...and even jail time.
Every boater needs to understand the risks of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
To learn more...visit the national safe boating council on line at... www.safe boating council.org. Before heading out on the water remember to check noaa weather radio all hazards...for the latest marine forecasts...advisories and warnings.
Please have a safe boating season.