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Police: Don't drink & boat this long weekend

The OPP say that alcohol was a factor in 42 per cent of the 18 boating fatalities so far this season.

With the long weekend a fews away, police are reminding cottagers about the dangers of drinking and boating.

The OPP say that alcohol was a factor in 42 per cent of the 18 boating fatalities so far this season.

Over the Civic Holiday weekend, police will be partnering with the Canadian Safe Boating Council to enforce the law on the province's lakes.

It is illegal to consume alcohol while a boat is moving. The only time you are allowed to have open alcohol onboard is when a boat is docked or anchored, and that boat has permanent sleeping, cooking and washroom facilities.

Sgt Kerry Schmidt points out that drinking and boating is treated as seriously as driving while impaired. If you get caught impaired while operating a boat, you will face criminal charges and an immediate suspension of your drivers' license for your car.

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  1. KenUBelievit posted on 07/29/2014 02:34 PM
    I could understand loosing your driving licence if you were allowed to drive a boat under your driving licence. But a boat driving licence is completely separate from your vehicle driver licence so what kind of convoluted logic was used to legislate the loss of your driver's licence for drinking and boating. Only in Canada. The nanny state.
  2. Concerned Troll posted on 07/29/2014 07:35 PM
    "The OPP say that alcohol was a factor in 42 per cent of the 18 boating fatalities"

    ....they were probably drinking Budweiser.
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