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RCMP in P.E.I. reminds residents not to operate boats while impaired

P.E.I. residents are reminded not to operate boats while impaired.
P.E.I. residents are reminded not to operate boats while impaired. - P.E.I. RCMP photo

In Prince Edward Island, the RCMP treats all cases of operating a boat or personal watercraft while impaired the same that they would a case of impaired driving on the roads.

The fines and penalties are the same in order to reflect the severity of impaired operation of a vehicle – whether your vehicle is a car, boat or personal watercraft.

Under no circumstances is the operator of a boat or personal watercraft to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as it can impair judgement and reactions.

Much like the rest of Canada, passengers in a boat are permitted to consume alcohol, but not while underway. The requirements are that the vessel have a permanent toilet, cooking facility and sleeping area and must be anchored or moored. The captain is responsible for ensuring that before leaving the moorage all passengers have finished their beverages.

Anyone who sees someone they suspect is impaired by alcohol and/or drugs is asked to contact their local police or 911.

Try to have as much information as possible and be prepared to answer questions about:

  • vessel licence number,
  • name of boat,
  • description of boat or watercraft,
  • direction of travel,
  • description of the person operating the vessel,
  • number of occupants/descriptions,
  • location and
  • any specific landmarks.

Do not try to follow or intercept someone who is suspected of being impaired. Report it to police and let them handle it.

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