The OPP is reminding boaters to ensure their water craft and its safety equipment is in place before setting out. There are no acceptable excuses. Not only can it save your life, it could save you a fine. During 2011, there were 22 marine fatalities in the Province of Ontario – 81% of these fatalities were as a result of not wearing a personal floatation device. The OPP S.A.V.E. Team (Snowmobile, All Terrain Vehicle and Vessel Enforcement) recommends boaters wear a life jacket or personal floatation device at all times. Once you fall into the water it's too late to put one on.

So far in 2012, one person has died in a boating incident.

If operating a motorized boat after sunset, before sunrise or in restricted visibility, navigation lights are required. Check them before you go.

The Criminal Code's drinking and driving offences apply to boats. Alcohol and boating do not mix. Your automobile drivers licence will be suspended.

For more information on equipment requirements, see the "Safe Boating Guide", a free publication issued by Transport Canada, call the "Boating Safety Line" at 1-800-267-6687 or go online at

Contact:Constable Randal Haddrall East Region S.A.V.E. TeamMedia Relations Officer1-888-236-0897