Police: Boating and drinking don't mix in Connecticut
Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jun 18, 2013 in Boating Accidents
One of the most popular recreational activities across Connecticut is boating. People enjoy spending time on the water, but there are some people who do not take the line between recreation and recklessness very seriously. They may engage in some risky behaviors because they think it is fun, but the reality is that the consequences of some of these actions can be quite serious.
According to reports, alcohol consumption is a factor in more fatal boating accidents in Connecticut than any other single contributor. And the fact is that the tragic consequences of a drinking and driving accident reach far beyond any shoreline. Boaters who drink too much on the water can end up in serious trouble in a courtroom, while victims are often left to recover in a hospital.
This is why Connecticut police officers are cracking down on citing boaters for boating under the influence across the state later this month. In efforts to remind boaters about the consequences of drinking and boating before the Fourth of July weekend, Greenwich police have launched a campaign called Operation Dry Water.
During this time, officers will be conducting more stops on the water to make sure boaters are in compliance with the laws. They will be focused on stopping drivers who are visibly in violation of boating laws. For example, if there is overcrowding on a boat or if children are not wearing life jackets, police may approach the watercraft and find reason to believe a driver is intoxicated.
It is important to remember why police officers step up enforcement during this time. Last year, there were four people killed in Connecticut boat accidents that involved alcohol.
Boating during the summer is something that should be fun and relaxing, and it can be when drivers are focused on being safe and sober on the water. However, if a boater fails to take this responsibility seriously, he or she should be held accountable for the repercussions of their reckless behavior.
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