The August long weekend is synonymous with fishing and boating for many of Ontario’s anglers and outdoor lovers.
Rock icon Kim Mitchell and the Safe and Sober Awareness Committee (S&SAC) are asking everyone to make smart choices this holiday weekend.
Research done by the Red Cross in 2011 found that alcohol was present or suspected in 46% of recreational boating immersion deaths for victims 15 years of age and older, and 25% of these deaths were caused by people falling overboard.
The research also indicates that most immersion deaths occurred while fishing (37%), powerboating (21%), and canoeing (14%).
“Whether you are leaving the alcohol ashore or wearing your personal flotation device, these positive choices go a long way in reducing serious injury and death on Ontario waterways,” the S&SAC said. “If you are driving, no matter what the vehicle, be smart and make the right decision, don’t drink and drive — go for a soda.”
Save the booze for when you are relaxing by the patio lanterns.