FWC Cracks Down Memorial Day Weekend on Drinking While Boating

By: Jerry Askin Email
By: Jerry Askin Email

Fisherman and boaters like Chris Johnson will be hitting the coast this Memorial Day Weekend. Johnson says he'll have fun, but more importantly be safe.

"They shouldn't drink because they put themselves at risk and they put others at risk," says Johnson.

Johnson wasn't operating the boat today. He understands the consequences of drinking while driving a boat.

Florida Fish and Wildlife officers say in 2009, 26% of all fatal boating accidents involved alcohol or drug use. Overall, there were 620 boating accidents in the state.

FWC officials say they will be out here in the water patrolling this weekend, to make sure everyone is safe and not drinking while operating a boat.

FWC Lieutenant Scott Pearce says, "Although it's not a violation to have an open container on a vessel, it is a violation to be impaired and whoever is operating the vessel needs to be very responsible."

Even restaurant workers in Franklin County are encouraging folks to be safe.

"Definitely have a designated driver, know your limit and if anything don't bring alochol out on the boat if you can," says Josh Coleman who works at the Tiki Bar in Alligator Point.

Stephen Bassett told us about a tragic boating accident he witnessed a few years ago. He says a woman who'd been drinking got behind the wheel of a boat in Jacksonville.

"After enough drinks, he finally let her drive and she ended up running into a barge and killing everybody," says Bassett.

Florida had more boating accidents in 2009 than any other state.

Officers are hoping no one will die on the waters this holiday weekend.


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  • by Yeah I said that! on May 29, 2011 at 09:21 AM
    Board my boat at your own peril you dirty nazi. Thats a big ocean. Ever wonder why people hate you? When my money pays for you to harrass me and violate my rights . Your badge doesnt make you my master , you are our servants, remember that and humble yourselves. I'd rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6.
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      by super cop on May 29, 2011 at 11:40 AM in reply to Yeah I said that!
      you punk.
  • by why today and not everyday on May 29, 2011 at 07:13 AM
    why is it that we get these big press releases from Law Enforcement Agencies concerning these campaigns? Isn't this what they are supposed to be doing every day of the year? I mean, how hilarious would it be for them to say, "We are actually going to work today?"
  • by ConservativeHippie on May 29, 2011 at 05:20 AM
    Catch them ALL, FWC. Kudos.
  • by Surprise Location: leon county on May 28, 2011 at 03:09 AM
    We let em get inside our cars and now their in our boats bummer. Next its gonna be by sea w/ Wolf Packs with their Click It or Ticket sham it never stops and thats just why our Founders consider'd Goverment as a Evil Master.
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      by cop on May 28, 2011 at 10:33 AM in reply to Surprise
      we should just let the weak drunks kill and mangle good famlys HUH.
  • by Jeff Location: Valdosta on May 27, 2011 at 05:20 PM
    Do ever wonder why law enforcement concentrates on the drinkers, wheh they are only 26% of the problem. An intelligent system would concentrate on the 74%.
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      by law enforsement on May 28, 2011 at 10:31 AM in reply to Jeff
      that is because you drunks have the biggest mouths. WE COPS LIKE TO SEE HOW BAD YOU BIG MOUTH IDIOTS REALLY ARE. 99.9 PERCENT OF THE TIME YOU CRY ALL THE WAY TO JAIL FOR YOUR MOMMIES. 16 OR 70 YEARS OLD. BIG BABY DRUNKS.
      • reply
        by Educated on May 29, 2011 at 07:09 AM in reply to law enforsement
        Typical. Someone imitating a LEO. Can't even spell enforcement right.
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          by law enforsement on May 29, 2011 at 11:43 AM in reply to Educated
          thanks EDUCATED they dont send us to the acadamy to spell. they send us to kick you peoples educated punk buts.
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