DEM: Drunk boating just as dangerous as drunk driving

DEM: Drunk boating just as dangerous as drunk driving


(MM) ON THE HEELS OF THE FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY—– IT’S A POPULAR TIME TO HEAD DOWN TO THE BEACH—- OR GO OUT ON THE WATER – AND THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT SAYS—– THEY’LL BE OUT IN FULL FORCE THIS WEEKEND. (CG) THEY’RE LOOKING FOR BOATERS —- WHO MIGHT BE OPERATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE. EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER KIM KALUNIAN HAS —- WITH WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW… NEW AT FIVE THIRTY. (KK) MIKE, CAROLINE – THE LAWS ARE THE SAME WHETHER YOU’RE DRIVING A CAR OR CAPTAINING A BOAT – DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS IS ILLEGAL – AND THAT’S WHERE THE DEM’S “OPERATION DRY WATER” COMES INTO PLAY. (BOAT HORN) AS THE SUMMER HEATS UP – MORE FOLKS HEAD OUT ON THE WATER – AN OCEAN STATE SUMMERTIME TARADITION, BUT ALSO SOMETHING THE DEM WANTS TO ENSURE PEOPLE ENJOY SAFELY – You’ve heard the saying for a long time don’t drink and drive. It’s the same basic important message: don’t drink and boat. THIS WEEKEND THE DEM’S LAW ENFORCENT DIVISION WILL INCREASE PATROLS AS PART OF A NATIONWIDE EFFORT CALLED “OPERATION DRY WATER.” THE LAWS FOR BOATERS ARE THE SAME AS THEY ARE FOR DRIVERS: THE LEGAL BLOOD ALCOHOL LIMIT IS .08 – AND TESTING STANDARDS AND PENALTIES ARE THE SAME FOR SUSPECTED DRUNK CAPTAINS AS THEY ARE FOR DRUNK DRIVERS. PLUS THE DEM’S MICHAEL HEALEY SAYS THERE ARE ALSO ADDITIONAL RISKS TO DRINKING OUT ON THE WATER: you might not realize the factors that affect you out on the water taht don’t affect you on land for example being in the sun for hours. the waves the vibrations of the engine, wnid all of these things affect. WE GOT SOME STATS FROM THE DEM AND LEARNED THE NUMBER OF ALCOHOL RELATED INJURIES ON THE WATER HAS DECREASED DOWN, FROM 6 IN 2015 TO 1 IN BOTH 2016 AND 2017. BUT THE NUMBER OF DEATHS WAS UP – FROM 0 IN BOTH 2015 AND 2016 TO 2 IN 2017. HEALEY SAID LAST YEAR BOATERS WERE MOSTLY RESPONSIBLE – Our DEM police officers boarded almost 100 boats and there were only 3 arrests on suspicion of boating under the influence which is a pretty good ratio but we hope we can get that number down to zero this year. (KK) AND THE DEM SAYS DRUNK BOATERS CAN QUICKLY BECOME DRUNK DRIVERS WHEN THEY HEAD HOME FROM THE MARINA AT NIGHT – BOAT TRAILER IN TOW. KK EWN.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *