Tips for Preventing Boating Accidents
Both boat operators and passengers can do their part to prevent injuries and fatalities as a result of boating accidents. Some of the most important tips to prevent boating accidents include the following:
- Always boat sober. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, alcohol is the leading contributing cause of boating accident deaths. In 2011, alcohol use was responsible for 16 percent of boating accident deaths – more than any other single cause. Unfortunately, being out in the hot sun and on the water all day can exacerbate the effects of alcohol, and it is far too easy for a boat operator to be drunk and not be aware of it. Making a commitment to stop after a drink or two – or better yet, not to drink at all – is a smart choice when operating a boat. You can avoid an arrest for boating while intoxicated and you can also save lives.