The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will participate in Operation Dry Water on June 27-29 — a nationwide campaign to build awareness of the dangers of boating under the influence of alcohol.
“We want everyone to enjoy their time boating,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, the state’s boating safety coordinator. “Drinking affects the skills necessary to operate a boat, including reaction time and rational decision-making. Having a designated driver, whether boating or driving, is always a good idea.”
In North Carolina, penalties for operating a vessel while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs include up to $1,000 in fines and possible jail time.
The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the U.S. Coast Guard began Operation Dry Water in 2009 with a goal to reduce boating fatalities involving alcohol. In North Carolina, Operation Dry Water is incorporated into the multi-agency “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” initiative to promote safe summer travel.
For more information on safe recreational boating or to enroll in a free boating education course, go to the boating page on the N.C. Wildlife website or call 919-707-0031.