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
"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
This initiative is made possible through support of Transport Canada’s Office of
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
- 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
- Victim Assistance Services Oxford County: 519-537-2824
- Canadian Anti Fraud Centre: 1-888-495-8501 or
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