Go easy on the drink

When afloat, your coordination, judgement, vision, balance and reaction time can decline up to three times faster consuming alcohol. It is the boating environment with the waves, motion, vibration, engine noise, weather, wind and spray that can multiply the effects of alcohol.

Everyone aboard needs to take care because studies have shown that boat passengers are just as likely as operators to be involved in incidents such as capsizing the vessel or falling overboard as a result of drinking alcohol.

Operators of vessels which are underway may be subject to random breath testing and subject to heavy penalties if found to be over the limit. The operator of a vessel includes anyone steering or exercising control over its course or direction and includes the observer in a vessel which is towing people as well as anyone being towed.

See Boating offences - alcohol and drugs for further information about alcohol and drug offences and random breath testing.

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