(KUSA) – Nationwide, nearly 1,000 people die each year from boating accidents. Half of those deaths are caused by alcohol.
Last weekend, a nationwide effort, “Operation Dry Water”, cracked down on the mix of alcohol and boating.
“There’s a time and a place for alcohol, and boating just isn’t it” Ranger Ben Vincie says.
The limit for drinking and boating is .08, but the main difference between driving a boat and a car comes in vehicle control.
“You don’t have breaks on a boat and you don’t have seatbelts or a closed-canopy holding you into that boat,” Vincie says.
So when something like this happens, your reaction is that much more important and that much less guaranteed.
Rangers like Guthrie Lowe will be looking out for those who haven’t drawn the line.
“When you’re on the water, one drink can have the same effect as three drinks would on land,” Lowe says.
For a first offense, you can get up to six months in jail.
So next time you’re served that extra drink, it may be best to keep it at bay.
Rangers say it is often easy to spot drunk boaters because they frequently disregard common rules such as no wake zones.
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