Boating: increased monitoring of the SQ on the water this weekend

Nautisme : increased surveillance by the SQ on the water this weekend

The Sûreté du Québec is launching a concerted national operation “This summer on the 'water, be fair' from July 29 to 31.

The Sûreté du Québec intensifies surveillance on the yards of water.

While the construction holidays are in full swing, the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) is stepping up its presence and interventions on bodies of water from July 29 to 31, as part of an operation entitled “This summer on the water, be legit”, with special monitoring of blood alcohol levels among boat operators.

Alcohol consumption is equivalent to 40% of the causes of incidents involving a boat, according to the Canadian Safe Boating Council, recalls the spokesperson for the SQ, Catherine Bernard, on the show Tout un matin.

In Quebec, boaters are not prohibited from drinking alcohol on board a boat, even if it is a motor boat. However, boating while impaired is an offense under the Criminal Code of Canada. The prohibited blood alcohol level (BAC) is 80 mg or more of alcohol per 100 ml of blood, the same regulations as on the roads.

A typical drink – a 5% alcohol bottle of beer, a 142 ml (5 oz) glass of wine or a 43 ml (1.5 oz) glass of spirits – represents approximately 25 mg alcohol/100 ml of blood in a man of average size, and 35mg/100ml in a woman of average size. face penalties ranging from a minimum fine of $1,000 to imprisonment.

“We do not recommend that people consume on a boat…it leads to errors, to reckless behavior, it causes more drownings, because you are less alert when you are swimming with impaired abilities. »

— Catherine Bernard, spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec

The current law also imposes an appropriate number [and in the right sizes] of life jackets for each people on board the boat, even if they are not required to wear them.

The Sûreté du Québec also challenges new boat pilots who #x27;have been browsing since the start of the pandemic. Sometimes people do not know the nautical world, adds Ms. Bernard, there are many people who do not comply with the legislation.

What we want to remember is that is to be courteous on the water, as in the car, she concludes. Being careful, reducing your speed can make a big difference to better see the dangers or the presence of swimmers, canoes, kayaks and boards.

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