The DRPS Marine Unit laid ten charges after stopping 40 vessels over the August long weekend during Operation Dry Water - a national safe-boating campaign that is run by the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC).
In Durham Region, vessel checks occurred throughout the weekend on waterways, including Lake Simcoe, Ontario and Scugog.
Of the ten charges, one was in relation to opening liquor on board and another two were based on the Canada Shipping Act which required vessels and boaters to be licensed. Two boaters were charged under the Fish Wildlife Conservation Act for failure to have a fishing license.
Five of the charges the Marine Unit officers laid stemmed from Highway Traffic Act violations of vehicles towing vessels. These included two careless driving charges and an unaccompanied G1 driver.
Thankfully, no boaters were found to be impaired. A large part of Operation Dry Water is education: reminding boaters that alcohol and boating do not mix. Impaired drivers on the waterways face the same penalties as impaired drivers on the roadways. And people charged with impaired boating not only lose their boater's license, but also their driver's license.
Operation Dry Water (JPG file, 425.7K bytes)