Drinking and boating is a dangerous mix and boaters caught operating a vessel while impaired can face some hefty charges.
The Canadian Safe Boating Council along with the RCMP have launched Operation Dry Water.
It’s aim is to reduce impaired boating deaths this August long weekend.
Ian Gilson is the Director of the Canadian Safe Boating Council.
He says the wind, the waves and the rocking motion tend to significantly increase the intoxicating factor associated with alcohol.
If caught, impaired boaters can be charged with impaired operation of a motor vessel under the Criminal Code of Canada.
Gilson adds even kayakers and people on canoes are not immune to federal law.
Drinking and boating accounts for 40-percent of boating-related fatalities in Canada.