N.C. Wildlilfe Commission Issues Boating Safety Advisory
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has issued a boating safety advisory for Memorial Day weekend, stressing the dangers of inebriation on the water. A boat operator who registers a blood alcohol level of .08 is legally intoxicated and subject to arrest for operating a vessel while impaired.
"The advisory serves as another reminder to 'boat safe, boat sober,'" said Capt. Chris Huebner, the state boating safety coordinator. "The law also allows for a boat operator to be charged if appreciably impaired, regardless of blood alcohol level, since wind and waves, combined with heat, glare, motor noise and vibrations can create a condition known as boater fatigue that exaggerates the effect of alcohol 3-to-1."
Prior to the holiday, wildlife officers remind boaters:
- Blue Light = No Wake: Boats approaching within 100 feet of a law enforcement vessel displaying flashing blue lights must slow to a no-wake speed. In narrow channels, the distance is within 50 feet.
- Wear a Life Vest: State law requires children under 13 to wear a proper life vest while on any recreational vessel that is under way.
The Memorial Day weekend is traditionally one of the busiest times on North Carolina waterways.
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