This week is North American Safe Boating Awareness Week and the RCMP in New Brunswick wants to remind people to obey the law this summer, especially when it comes to wearing a lifejacket or personal floatation device (PFD). About 90 per cent of people who drown from boating incidents in Canada are not wearing a lifejacket or PFD.
In addition to wearing a lifejacket or PFD, boaters must remember that it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while impaired (whether on land or in water) and mixing alcohol or drugs and boating can be extremely dangerous.
All boaters are reminded to follow the laws related to safe boating, outlined in the Canadian Safe Boating Guide, available online at www.boatingsafety.gc.ca. Fines for boating infractions begin at $120.
All boaters must have, in his/her possession, their Pleasure Craft Operator Card, which indicates the holder’s competency to operate a boat as well as a piece of personal identification. Failure to produce a valid operator’s card when asked will result in a $300 fine.