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Operation Dry Water lends boost to safe-boating week

According to recently released Coast Guard statistics, alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths.

Operation Dry Water joins boating advocates in the United States and Canada who are teaming up to promote safe and responsible boating during National Safe Boating Week, which continues through Friday.

According to recently released Coast Guard statistics, alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths.

Operation Dry Water, the national boating-under-the-influence awareness and enforcement campaign, is spreading awareness of the dangers of boating under the influence of both drugs and alcohol and asking boaters to stay safe by staying sober.

National Safe Boating Week starts just as recreational boaters and law enforcement personnel are preparing for the start of the boating season. This week serves as a reminder to boaters that there are easy steps you can take to greatly increase the safety and enjoyment of your summer boating experience.

“We always ask boaters to remember the Big Three of recreational boating safety. This includes never consuming alcohol while boating, making sure everyone on the vessel is wearing a life jacket and taking the time to participate in a boating safety course, either in person or online,” National Association of State Boating Law Administrators deputy executive director John Fetterman said in a statement. “If boaters follow these three rules and practices, their chances of being involved in a boating accident drastically decrease.”

Environmental “stressors” associated with boating, such as the rocking of the boat, sun, wind and noise, intensify the effects of alcohol, and a boater is likely to become impaired more quickly on a boat than on land.

Operators and passengers increase their chances of slips, falls overboard or becoming involved in a serious boating accident by consuming alcohol while boating.

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