OUR VIEW: Summer not a time to relax safety

People should apply the principles of "road sense" to the water as well and not just in the winter.

People are often asked to drive more carefully during the winter months because of the more treacherous road conditions but road safety is something that should be observed year-round.

Ask a person on the street and they will probably agree but are they paying lip service?

Wearing a seatbelt while in a vehicle should be instinctual and yet, there was an incident recently on Highway 3 near Midway where a driver was ejected from a vehicle and RCMP say that there are indications that the driver wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

Drinking and driving (in any sort of vehicle, land or in the water) do not mix and you don’t need Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to tell you this.

While there was a report last November suggesting that the number of drinking and driving deaths in the province dropped by 40 per cent, a report on Monday night’s news, citing numbers from weekend roadblocks, said that 68 people in Vancouver were given immediate roadside suspensions.

Closer to home, the influx of summer Christina Lake dwellers is on and with that comes the Christina Lake summer officer to patrol the beaches and waters.

According to local RCMP, there was an incident where a boater on the lake was charged with impaired operation of a vessel, which police say is akin to impaired operation of a motor vehicle.

Breathalyzer readings for the person charged reportedly were in the 0.13 and 0.14 range with the legal limit being 0.08.

RCMP say a number of warnings have also been issued for people that have not been wearing life-jackets, which is similar to seatbelts, as they can mean the difference between life and death for people on boats.

Being sensible doesn’t only pertain to motor vehicles but must also extend to boats and vessels as well.

Wear a life-jacket while on a boat and wear a seatbelt while driving and never consume alcohol when operating a vehicle of any kind.

Summer may be a time for many to take holidays and relax in the sunshine and on the beach and have some fun but the enjoyment can be quickly dashed due to carelessness and nobody wants that.

– Grand Forks Gazette

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