Boating Safety

Boating Safety


WE’VE GOT A NICE LONG WEEKEND COMING UP– AND SOME PLAN TO MAKE THE MOST OF IT BY GETTING OUT ON THE WATER. BUT IF YOU DO– THE COUNCIL BLUFFS FIRE DEPARTMENT IS WARNING THAT BOATING AND ALCOHOL DON’T MIX. IN FACT, ALCOHOL IS THE LEADING FACTOR IN FATAL BOATING ACCIDENTS. JENNA JAYNES JOINS US NOW LIVE FROM THE MISSOURI RIVER WITH A MESSAGE FROM THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. DAVE, SERESE WE DON’T HAVE THE BEST WEATHER COMING UP WITH THE FORECAST– BUT IF WE DO SEE SUNSHINE CREWS ARE EXPECTING CROWDED RIVERS. AND WHILE A LITTLE BEER ON DRY LAND MAY BE OKAY– COMBINING THAT WITH YOUR SEA LEGS MAY NOT PROVE TO BE VERY SAFE. THE COMBINATION OF SUN AND HEAT, NOT TO MENTION IF YOU’RE ON A BOAT, THE NOISE, SPRAY, AND POUNDING AGAINST THE WATER — 1 BEER ON WATER WILL AFFECT YOU THE SAME WAY 3 BEERS WOULD ON LAND — AND YOU OFTEN WON’T KNOW IT TIL THE FUN IS WINDING DOWN. IT CAN BE JUST AS DANGEROUS AS DRINKING AND DRIVING IT IS A GREAT IDEA TO HAVE A DESIGNATED TO DRIVE AND OPERATE THE BOAT. OBVIOUSLY EVERYONE WANT TO HAVE A GOOD TIME DURING THE WEEKEND AND YOU KNOW WE ALL WANT TO HAVE A GOOD TIME BUT YOU NEED TO BE SMART AND SAFE WITH WHAT YOU ARE DOING ABOUT ONE THIRD OF ALL BOATING FATALITIES WERE INFLUENCED BY ALCOHOL — AND THAT DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN THE BOAT OPERATOR WAS IMPAIRED — THAT INCLUDES SOLELY PASSENGERS TOO. SINCE ALCOHOL’S EFFECTS ARE SO STRONG ON WATER AND THE HEAT AND ALCOHOL BOTH CONTRIBUTE TO DEHYDRATION, NOT A BAD IDEA TO PACK MORE THAN A FEW OF THESE IN THE COOLER TOO. DAVE, SERESE REMEMBER, THAT .08 BAC IS STILL IN EFFECT ON THE WATER. JENNA, IS THERE A PENALTY FOR BOATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE? IT IS A MISDEMEANOR AND YOU COULD FACE A PENALTY OF UP TO 1000 DOLLARS, JAIL TIME UP TO SIX MONTHS, AND LOSING YOUR BOATING LICENSE FOR SIX MONTHS.

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