Boating and Driving Safety for Memorial Day Weekend


This Memorial Day weekend brings more alcohol related activities, but State Police say they’ll crack down with more patrol visibility.

“There’s going to be more tickets, higher fatalities and crashes and that kind of stuff. Drinking and driving, so that’s why we are out there, trying to keep it down.” Michigan State Police Sargent John Faccio, said about this time of the year.

Safety is not only kept on the roads, but also on the water.

U.S. Coast Guards want boaters safe, encouraging vessel inspections and alcohol awareness.

“The use of alcohol in the water, being in that bright sun with the water rocking back in forth, it really magnifies the effect of alcohol on boaters”, U.S. Coast Guards Public Affairs representative Tom Morrel said as he explains boater safety.

The legal limit behind a boat is the same as behind the wheel of a car .08.

“I think that’s smart. It shouldn’t be any different from drinking and driving in a car,” Nick Kleinhardt, a boater from Lake Lansing said.

From boats to the car, officials want safe habits for the public.

“We can hopefully change some habits. As soon they get in the car put on their seat belt on don’t drink and drive.” Sergeant John Faccio said.




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