(THUNDER BAY, ON.) – On June 30, 2018, officers from the North West Region Highway Safety Division of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) conducted marine patrol on Dog Lake and Hawkeye Lake.
While checking vessels, the officers found several vessel operators to be consuming alcohol.
A 49 year old male, from Thunder Bay, was issued an offence notice for Operate Boat Underway with Open Container of Liquor contrary to section 32(3) of the Liquor Licence Act. The operator also registered a “warn range” on the Alcohol Screening Device and was issued a 3 day drivers licence suspension.
A 61 year old male, from Thunder Bay, was issued an offence notice for Operate Boat Underway with Open Container of Liquor contrary to section 32(3) of the Liquor Licence Act. The operator also registered a “warn range” on the Alcohol Screening Device and was issued a 3 day drivers licence suspension.
At approximately 9:52pm, the officers conducted a vessel check on Hawkeye Lake. While speaking with the operator of the vessel, officers determined that the operator had been consuming alcohol. The operator was arrested and transported to detachment for further tests.
Thomas CORNESS, 66 years of age, from Davie, Florida, USA, was arrested and charged with Operate a Vessel with Over 80 mgs of Alcohol contrary to section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code.
He is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Thunder Bay on August 7, 2018 to answer to the charge.
Drinking and driving is against the law, whether it’s on land or water. Impaired care and control of a vessel is still enforceable and is a criminal offence. Alcohol affects your balance, judgement, and reaction times, all of which are required to operate a boat safely on the waterways.
When boating, you are responsible for the safety of the occupants on your boat and other waterway users. Don’t put them or yourself at risk, the consequences could last a lifetime.
Thunder Bay OPP will be conducting marine patrols and vessel checks throughout the boating season. Officers may inspect your boat, its equipment and ensure that operators have proof of competency.
For a safe and enjoyable outing, leave the alcohol behind.
Source: OPP Media Release