Alcohol use remains leading factor in recreational boater deaths

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

USCGAUX_75_BA look at the 2013 Recreational Boating Statistics, recently released by the U.S. Coast Guard, shows last year had the largest decrease in the number of alcohol-related recreational boater deaths in the past five years. From 2012 to 2013, there was a 31 percent decrease in the number of recreational boaters’ deaths where alcohol use was the known primary contributing factor. Yet alcohol remains the leading known contributing factor in recreational boater deaths.

To help draw public attention to the dangers of boating under the influence of alcohol and drugs, in 2009, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators launched, in partnership with the United States Coast Guard, Operation Dry Water — the nation’s boating under the influence awareness and enforcement campaign. This year’s Operation Dry Water weekend is June 27‐29.

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