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Woodstock Police Service
Operation Dry Water

The Woodstock Police Service, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry - Aylmer District and Upper Thames River Conservation Authority are joining the Canadian Safe Boating Council to launch year five of Operation Dry Water, an initiative geared at reducing injuries and deaths related to impaired boating.

"Drinking and boating accounts for approximately 40 percent of boating-related fatalities on Canadian waterways," police said in a release. "With the summer boating season in high gear, the August long weekend is the perfect time to remind Canadian boaters about the risks of impaired boating."

Police said the effects of alcohol or drugs can be exacerbated by sun, wind, waves and the rocking motion of a boat.

Operation Dry Water will focus on the potential risks of impaired boating and steps the Woodstock Police Service and the boating council are taking to crack down on the practice.

"Whether your craft is motorized or sail, you can be charged with impaired operation of a vessel under the Criminal Code of Canada if your blood alcohol level exceeds the .08 threshold," police said. "In the eyes of the law, impaired boating, like impaired operation of a motor vehicle, is a criminal offence that can have repercussions far beyond the loss of your boating privileges."

Operation Dry Water is aimed at reducing the number of impaired-related incidents and fatalities on the water, while fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol/drug use while boating. The end goal is to achieve safer and more enjoyable recreational boating.

This initiative is made possible through support of Transport Canada’s Office of Boating Safety.

On 05AUG2017 between 09:00 to 14:00 Hrs., a joint forces marine patrol was conducted at Pittock Conservation Area by Woodstock Police Cst. Gary CHRYSLER, M.N.R.F. Conservation Officer Jeremy JACKSON and Upper Thames River Conservation Authority Boat Patrol Operator Olivia SKILLINGS.

The weather during the morning was inclement with rain and high winds present, no vessels were observed on the lake. Three anglers were checked on the south shore of Pittock Conservation Area and were warned for Having Liquor in Open Container in other than licenced premises, residence or private contrary to Liquor Licence Act, s.31(2) and were warned for unlawfully having a small bon fire on the shore which was extinguished.


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: Sunday, 06 August 2017 10:41:16 AM EST

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