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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
603 AM EDT SAT MAY 16 2015

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

THIS IS THE FIRST SAFE BOATING MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL SAFE
BOATING COUNCIL AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FOR THIS YEAR`S
SAFE BOATING WEEK.

THE EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL CAN BE EVEN MORE HAZARDOUS ON THE WATER THAN
ON LAND. BOATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE, OR BUI, 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 ANY 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 AT
WWW.SAFEBOATINGCOUNCIL.ORG.  VISIT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AT
WWW.WEATHER.GOV.

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