Water Week: Staying safe on the boat

As we conclude Water Week on 16 Morning News, Indiana DNR Conservation Officer John Boyd joined us to discuss staying safe while boating.

"Our largest concern is public safety," said Boyd. "That's our number one reason why we're out on the water, is to enforce those safety regulations and make sure everyone is ensured to have a good time out on the water this summer."

When it comes to alcohol, Boyd says you have to keep in mind the environment you're in. Michigan and Indiana laws prohibit anyone from boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

"Out in the sun and moving water, that affects our movement even when we're not intoxicated," Boyd said. "It exaggerates it, makes it even worse. So somebody who could become intoxicated with 5 beers on dry land, maybe 2 or 3 beers could impair you more on the water so we've got to be more careful."

To read up on boating laws in Indiana and Michigan, click on the Big Red Bar.


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