Although the weather might not be the greatest this long weekend, that won’t stop some of you from heading out to the lake and getting some boating in.
But, Mothers Against Drunk Driving is warning to be careful out there, and never operate a boat when you’ve been drinking.
Carolyn Swinson the former Chair of MADD Canada tells the Alberta Morning News that nearly half of boating related deaths are caused by impaired operation.
“We know there are over 100 deaths with people boating every year on the lakes and waterways in Canada,” says Swinson. “And we know that 40% of deaths on boats are alcohol related.”
Swinson says some people forget just how dangerous it can be.
“I think that sometimes, when people go out on a boat, they don’t think of it as being the same as getting behind the wheel of a car,” explains Swinson. “I’ll be doing the same this weekend, we’ll be at the lake, we’ll be on the boat. But, if you’re doing that you need to be sober.”
She also says that while any unnecessary death caused by impaired driving is tragic, it’s the innocent people that are the hardest to hear about.
“Sadly, that’s more often the case,” says Swinson. “Every long weekend, I’ll be listening to the news report just to see what happened on the roads. (When) I hear about of a crash where there’s been fatalities, the next thing I listen for is to whether that was impaired. And if they come back and say the person has been charged with impaired driving, it makes me really angry. Because I know that could have been prevented.” (km/amn)