Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Chicago, IL

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL
900 AM CDT SAT MAY 16 2015

...MAY 16 THROUGH MAY 22 IS NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK...TODAYS
SUBJECT...BOATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE...

THE EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL CAN BE EVEN MORE HAZARDOUS ON THE WATER THAN
ON LAND.  BOATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE AFFECTS
JUDGMENT...VISION...BALANCE AND COORDINATION.  THESE IMPAIRMENTS CAN
INCREASE THE RISK OF BEING INVOLVED IN A BOATING ACCIDENT...FOR BOTH
PASSENGERS AND BOAT OPERATORS. ALCOHOL IS A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR IN
ABOUT A THIRD OF ALL RECREATIONAL BOATING FATALITIES.

IT IS ILLEGAL TO OPERATE ANY BOAT OR WATERCRAFT WHILE UNDER THE
INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS IN EVERY STATE.  PENALTIES CAN INCLUDE
FINES...SUSPENSION OR REVOCATION OF YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE AND EVEN
JAIL TIME.

EVERY BOATER NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND THE RISKS OF BOATING UNDER THE
INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS.

TO LEARN MORE...VISIT THE NATIONAL SAFE BOATING COUNCIL ONLINE AT
WWW.SAFEBOATINGCOUNCIL.ORG.  VISIT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AT
WWW.WEATHER.GOV.

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