In conjunction with the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC), officers from the Peel Regional Police Marine Unit will be teaming up with Road Safety Services from Saturday, August 3, to Monday, August 5, 2013, to launch “Operation Dry Water”.
In keeping with the Marine Unit’s mandate of saving lives, protecting property and enforcing the law, members will be present during this coming long weekend to promote water safety through education and enforcement.
During “Operation Dry Water”, Peel Regional Police will be intensifying their efforts to educate boaters in marine safety, especially in relation to the laws dealing with alcohol and boating. Efforts will be increased to apprehend boat operators who are under the influence of alcohol.
The main goal is to discourage the practice of drinking and boating on our waterways. Impaired operation of boats is responsible for approximately 40% of boating related fatalities.
We encourage the public to report any incidents of impaired boating by calling 911. Individuals can also anonymously leave information, or tips, by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or through their website, www.peelcrimestoppers.ca.
MADD and Peel Regional Police remind you that, on this long weekend and at all times, safe waters start with you. Don’t drink and boat.