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Civic Long Weekend Operation Dry Water

Woodstock Police Service has partnered with Pittock/Upper Thames Conservation Authority and the Ministry of Natural Resources in the initiative "Operation Dry Water".

Operation Dry Water is a national awareness and enforcement campaign focused on reducing the number of alcohol and drug related fatalities and incidents on our waterways.

This program was created by the Canadian Safe Boating Council.

Alcohol is a factor in 40 percent of boating fatalities.

Woodstock Police officers, Pittock Enforcement officers and the MNR will be educating boaters, checking vessels for equipment and operators for impairment this long weekend.

Alcohol and Boating - Operation while impaired

Boating while impaired is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada.

Operators could face the following fines:

  • 1st offence: at least One Thousand ($1,000) fine
  • 2nd offence: at least Thirty (30) days of imprisonment
  • 3rd offence: at least One Hundred Twenty (120) days of imprisonment

Consumption of Alcohol

Alcohol may be consumed on board the pleasure craft only if it meets all of the following conditions:

  • The vessel has permanent sleeping facilities
  • The vessel has permanent cooking facilities
  • The vessel has a permanent toilet
  • The vessel is anchored or secured alongside a dock

If you have open alcohol on board you can face a fine up to $200.

Standards for Safety Equipment

A personal flotation device, lifejacket, lifebuoy, self-igniting light, pyrotechnic distress signal or life raft required by these Regulations shall meet the applicable standards and tests set out in the schedule.

A mark or label on the safety equipment required by these Regulations, and any manufacturer's instructions or recommendations, shall be in English and French.

If you do not have the proper equipment on your vessel than you could face fines up to $125 - $245 for each offence.

For more information visit the Transport Canada Website.

The WOODSTOCK POLICE SERVICE would like to encourage anyone having information about distracted, aggressive or impaired drivers of any type of vehicle to contact WOODSTOCK POLICE SERVICE at 519-537-2323 or Crime Stoppers 421-TIPS (8477) or toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Contact Information:

  • Woodstock Police Service: 519-537-2323
  • Crime Stoppers: 519-421-TIPS (8477) or toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)
  • Website: www.woodstockpolice.ca
  • Domestic Abuse Services of Oxford: 24 hour crisis line at 1-800-265-1938 or 519-539-4811
  • Victim Assistance Services Oxford County: 519-537-2824
  • Canadian Anti Fraud Centre: 1-888-495-8501 or www.antifraudcentre.ca
  • Counterfeit Money: www.bankofcanada.ca/banknotes

Last Updated: Thursday, 03 August 2017 13:29:14 PM EST

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