PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
940 AM EDT SAT MAY 16 2009

THE FOLLOWING IS A SAFE BOATING MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL SAFE
BOATING COUNCIL AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

THE EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL CAN BE EVEN MORE HAZARDOUS ON THE WATER THAN
ON LAND. BOATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE AFFECTS JUDGMENT...VISION...
BALANCE AND COORDINATION. THESE IMPAIRMENTS CAN INCREASE THE RISK OF
BEING INVOLVED IN A BOATING ACCIDENT FOR BOTH PASSENGERS AND BOAT
OPERATORS. ALCOHOL IS A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR IN ABOUT A THIRD OF ALL
RECREATIONAL BOATING FATALITIES.

IT IS ILLEGAL TO OPERATE ANY BOAT OR WATERCRAFT WHILE UNDER THE
INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS IN EVERY STATE. PENALTIES CAN INCLUDE
FINES...SUSPENSION OR REVOCATION OF YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE AND EVEN
JAIL TIME.

THIS MESSAGE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE NATIONAL SAFE BOATING COUNCIL
AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...REMINDING YOU THAT NATIONAL SAFE
BOATING WEEK IS MAY 16 THROUGH 22.

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