Coast Guard stresses sober boating

Posted June 24, 2009, at 9:29 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:16 p.m.

BOSTON — The Coast Guard says 21 percent of the recreational boating accidents in 2007 resulted from drinking.

That’s prompting the Coast Guard to team up with local law enforcement to raise awareness of the dangers of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs Friday through Sunday. The effort’s called Operation Dry Water.

The Coast Guard’s Al Johnson says the effort seeks to get impaired boaters off the water, while making them aware of the legal consequences and potentially fatal effects of boating under the influence.

The National Transportation Safety Board says recreational boating accidents are second only to highway accidents in the number of transportation fatalities.

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