Impaired Boating is Impaired Driving
With the arrival of May, the boating season gets into full swing. To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, be aware of how to reduce risk while boating:
All operators of motorized vessels require a Pleasure Craft Operator Card. There are no exemptions for age, size of boat or engine horsepower – even for electric trolling motors and canoes fitted with small engines.
Make sure everyone in the boat is wearing, and is buckled into an approved lifejacket or personal floatation device (PFD).
Alcohol and water are a potentially deadly combination. Males between the ages of 18 and 34 who have been drinking alcohol and are not wearing lifejackets while participating in recreational on-water activities are at greater risk of drowning.
Remember that boaters caught drinking and boating in Ontario will face the same penalties as those for drinking and driving, which include driver’s licence suspensions of varying lengths depending on blood alcohol concentration. These penalties apply to power boats, canoes, kayaks, jet-skis, sailboats, dinghies, and other inflatable boats and rafts.