The Sea Tow Foundation has launched its annual Designated Sober Skipper campaign, a program that encourages boaters to choose a sober boat driver before they leave the dock.
“We know how much boaters enjoy their time on the water,” said Gail R. Kulp, the Foundation’s executive director, in a statement. “We want to remind them that having fun and being responsible work hand in hand. Our goal is simple — to ensure everyone makes it home safely. That’s why it’s so important that whoever is in the captain’s chair stays sober at all times.”
In several states, a first time boating under the influence offense can result in fines and prison time and can affect the offender’s automotive driving privileges. It’s another reason why it’s important to stay sober while at the helm of a boat.
“Many boaters don’t realize that the way alcohol affects the body while out on the water is often more dramatic than it might be back ashore,” said Kulp. “When you’re out on a boat, sun, wind, noise and constant motion can lead to lowering your coordination much faster than it would on land. It may only take one drink for disorientation to set it.”
Boat operators can visit soberskipper.com for more information.