Natural Resources Police Launch Aggressive Enforcement Operation For Holiday Weekend
ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) Superintendent Col. Mark S. Chaney, today announced the launch of an aggressive boating safety enforcement campaign to emphasize safe boating practices through awareness, education, and enforcement for the Holiday weekend.
Operation Firecracker will involve saturation patrols targeting boaters operating vessels in an unsafe manner or under the influence of alcohol, courtesy vessel inspections to advise boaters of required safety equipment and the proper use of personal flotation devices, and a coordinated effort with the State Fire Marshall’s Office to prevent the illegal use of fireworks.
“Historically, July is the busiest month of the year for boating, and the Fourth of July is the busiest boating holiday,” Col. Chaney said. “Considering the increased amount of boating activity, the potential for boating accidents and water related incidents is much greater. Our goal is to ensure all Maryland boaters have a safe and enjoyable holiday.”
From July 1-7, 2003, there were 23 accidents involving 22 vessels statewide. 12 persons were injured and two lost their lives on Maryland waters during the 7-day period. For the month of July 2003, there were 73 accidents involving 104 vessels. 73 persons were injured and three people died. The damage to vessels during that month totaled an estimated $626,130.
Boaters are also encouraged to report unsafe activity or emergencies to the NRP Communication Center at (410) 260-8888.
Above all, boaters are asked to always wear a life jacket and to not operate a vessel after drinking alcohol. Boater awareness is critical to safety. When you are boating, be aware of:
1. Your ability to operate a vessel. The sun, wind and sea conditions, as well as the consumption of alcohol cause fatigue and ultimately limit a person’s ability to operate a vessel safely.
2. The capabilities of the vessel. Vessels respond differently, just like vehicles.
3. Weather conditions. Review weather advisories before embarking on any boat trip, and be aware that weather conditions can change without warning. Don’t try to outsmart Mother Nature.
4. Maryland boating laws. Pay attention to all signs and speed limits, safety equipment and distance requirements.
5. Your physical surroundings and how they relate to other boaters. Boat operators are responsible for the safety of their passengers.
Citations & Warnings: Boating (09) for July 1st - 7th, 2003 (Adobe Acrobat file 71.12 KB)
Citations & Warnings: Boating (09) for July 1st - 31st, 2003 (Adobe Acrobat file 90.84 KB)
Boating Accident Stats: For the Period of 7/1 To 7/7/2003 (Adobe Acrobat file 15.9 KB)
Boating Accident Stats: For the Period of 7/1 To 7/31/2003 (Adobe Acrobat file 16.54 KB)
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Posted June 30, 2004