Impaired boating: learn the risks

Impaired driving — whether on roadways or waterways — is illegal; impaired boating is impaired driving.

Leduc County and its partners are hosting an impaired boating awareness event to educate users at one of the county's most popular boating destinations about the risks and consequences of impaired boating.

Boaters and members of the public are invited to attend the family-friendly event on Aug. 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wizard Lake boat launch to learn the risks and consequences of impaired boating.

Educating users of our lakes about impaired boating will help keep these waterways safe for all. Impaired driving is a preventable killer that has long-lasting impacts on families, friends and communities; education is one way we can help ensure all users of our waterways return home safe after a day at the lake.

Clarence Nelson, director of Enforcement Services

Attendees can get a sense of how alcohol or drug impairment could affect their operation of a boat, by using Fatal Vision Goggles and remote-controlled boats. They can also enjoy “freeze out” impaired driving freezies and take home free giveaways.

Leduc County is proud to host this impaired boating awareness event alongside many community partners, including the Leduc and Thorsby RCMP, Alberta Fish and Wildlife, MADD, Wizard Lake Watershed and Lake Stewardship Association, Wetaskiwin County, Leduc Rural Crime Watch, Transport Canada and Office of Traffic Safety.