Enjoy Memorial Day weekend and remember to drink responsibly

by Aaron Black • May 27, 2016
Boating funMemorial Day weekend is upon us! Fire up the grill, gather the family for festivities and launch your boat on Lake Pleasant to enjoy the long weekend.

Both Memorial Day and July the 4th are the two highest attendance days for Lake Pleasant which is all the more reason to practice safe boating. Although consuming drinks while boating may seem like harmless fun, it can lead to a DUI arrest or even worse a tragic event that otherwise could have been prevented.

Better known as “Liquid Courage,” can you for one minute imagine how much harm could come to a skier or tuber who suddenly thinks they can accomplish things on the water that otherwise they would not attempt better yet the harm that could result to others due to the increased traffic on the lake, I shudder at the possible consequences.

Operating a watercraft while drinking harbors many of the same harsh DUI penalties as operating a motor vehicle. The legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08 and Extreme DUI is a BAC of .15 and above. If you are found guilty of drinking while operating a watercraft you could receive a fine of up to $2500 and a jail sentence of up to six months. Subsequent convictions Honoring those who servedmay carry even more severe penalties. Click here to review the Arizona Boating Laws and regulations to ensure a safe, fun holiday.

Last but not least, Memorial Weekend typically marks the beginning of summer fun however, I ask to take a moment out of your busy three day weekend to honor those who have lost their lives defending our freedom.

With an all-volunteer military each member of our armed services sacrifice so much for us and taking a moment to honor that sacrifice be it away from their families on long deployments, often times in harms way to the ultimate sacrifice of their life we owe them that and more!