MADD Canada

July 28, 2015 08:00 ET

The Canadian Safe Boating Council and MADD Canada Team Up to Reduce Impaired Boating Deaths This Weekend

OAKVILLE, ON--(Marketwired - July 28, 2015) - Drinking and boating accounts for approximately 40% of boating-related fatalities on Canadian waterways. To raise awareness and reduce alcohol-related deaths, MADD Canada is joining the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) to launch year 3 of an initiative called "Operation Dry Water". Its goal is to discourage this dangerous practice.

With the summer boating season in high gear, the first weekend in August (a holiday long weekend in much of the country) is the perfect time to remind Canadian boaters about the risks of drinking and boating. Combined with sun, wind, waves and the rocking motion of the boat, the effects of alcohol on the water can be greatly increased.

The CSBC and MADD Canada would like, through this initiative, to raise attention to the problem of boating under the influence and to remind boaters not to drink and boat.

Operation Dry Water will focus on the potential risks of drinking and boating, and remedies that are currently in place to discourage it.

Federal statutes dictate that you can be charged with impaired operation of a vessel under the Criminal Code of Canada if your blood alcohol level exceeds the .08 threshold. This means you can be charged and a judge is able to, upon conviction, suspend your boating privileges but that's not all. In the eyes of the law, impaired boating, like impaired operation of a motor vehicle, is a criminal offence that can have repercussions far beyond the loss of your boating privileges.

Operation Dry Water is aimed at reducing the number of alcohol-related fatalities on the water while fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol use while boating. The end goal? To achieve safer and more enjoyable recreational boating.

This initiative is made possible through support of Transport Canada's Office of Boating Safety.

Contact Information

  • For further information contact:
    Susanne Simic
    Simic Public Relations for the Canadian Safe Boating Council
    Tel: (416) 622-3358

    Deb Kelly
    MADD Canada Communications Manager
    1-800-665-6233, ext 240