OPP issue reminder that drinking and boating don’t mix

OPP officers in Kawartha Lakes are reminding boaters to leave the alcohol at home when they head out onto the waterways after dozens of charges were laid last weekend.

The regional SAVE (Snow Vehicle, All Terrain Vehicle, Vessel Enforcement/Education) team conducted patrols with local conservation officers on 17 different bodies of water within Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton last weekend.

“The team issued one three-day suspension, 14 marine-related charges and 46 charges related to offences under the Liquor Licence Act,” reads a media release from police.

“Mixing alcohol with boating is dangerous. If caught operating a vessel impaired, the penalties are the same as impaired driving. Let’s make this a fun and safe weekend – don’t cruise with booze.”

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