Intoxicated boaters targeted this weekend

  • Article by: DOUG SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 22, 2011 - 12:52 AM

This weekend, state conservation officers, county sheriff's deputies and coast guard officers will be out in force as part of a national effort to crack down on boaters who are under the influence of alcohol. The goal is to reduce the number of alcohol- and drug- related accidents and fatalities on the water.

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mmurphy90Jun. 22, 11 8:20 AM

If this weather keeps up, the only boaters out this weekend would have to be drunk!

insurance313Jun. 22, 1110:07 AM

For you non-boaters out there let me inform you that at any given moment on the water at least half the boaters are drinking. Since only 14% of the accidents involved people drinking it sounds like there is a more dangerous threat that needs to be pinpointed. Our resources should be used more effectively.

markitbabyJun. 23, 11 7:51 AM

14% of non fatal accidents involved alcohol. And they're working on that this weekend. Instead of working on the 2/3rds boating deaths and 84% other accidents that didn't involve alcohol. The obvious problem is that folks aren't very good at operating boats. So instead of educating boaters, offering or requiring classes and instruction, they are going to a revenue stream called DUI. It doesn't target the problem at all (84% of the problem) but it does make money for the department. BTW if all boaters become better boaters, the drunk ones will be better to. Oh, alcohol involved means what? Means it was in the boat, not that the operator was drunk. 14% is too high. I need a license to operate a Prius but I don't even need a permit to operate a 350 HP boat. I need no classes, no instruction, no anything, just a big enough check book or good credit. Yup. Alcohol is the problem alright

aasenjrJun. 28, 11 4:23 PM

Maybe not one of our 5-States prohibits Open Bottles and Boating, but you sure don't want to try that in CANADA. Maybe that is why they have better fishing?

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