This weekend is nationwide “Operation Dry Water”, (June 24-26, 2011). ODW is a national weekend of Boating Under the Influence (BUI) education and enforcement aimed at reducing alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities. This program is a joint participation program with the US Coast Guard, Local State and Police agency’s.
So take extra care this weekend and be a sober skipper. We always recommend that if you want to enjoy a drink, you reach a safe destination and make plans to stay the night before enjoying all a port has to offer. BUI’s administered by local law enforcement count as points against your driving record and could lead to a suspension of driving prileges as well as increased insurance rates for higher risk.
- U.S. Coast Guard 2009 data reveal that alcohol was a primary contributing factor in 16 percent of fatalities from recreational boating accidents.
- Operating a boat with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .08 or higher is against federal law and Ohio State laws.
- Alcohol can impair a boater’s judgment, balance, vision, and reaction time. It can increase fatigue and susceptibility to the effects of cold-water immersion.
- Sun, wind, noise, vibration, and motion – “stressors” common to the boating environment – intensify the side effects of alcohol, drugs, and some medications.
So be smart, be safe and Stay Dry!