Drinking and boating a bad mix

Written by Craig Rhodes and Radio Pennsylvania | Jul 4, 2015 11:15 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The 4th of July holiday is one of the year's biggest weekends for boating and state officials are hoping you'll enjoy the water safely.

There are between 10 and 20 boating fatalities in Pennsylvania each year, many related to impaired drivers.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is asking the public not to drink and boat this holiday weekend so everyone can enjoy it.

Conservation Officer Mark Sweppenhiser says officers will also be monitoring the waterways all weekend to prevent drunk boaters from getting behind the wheel of a car when they come ashore.  "We're looking at a five thousand pound boat and trailer hooked to an SUV or truck now driving down one of the interstates with someone who may be potentially impaired."

Sweppenhiser hopes the visible enforcement will discourage boaters from using drugs or alcohol. He says if you are caught operating a boat or car under the influence, you will be prosecuted for DUI.



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