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More Citations Issued For Drunken Boating This Year Says Coast Guard

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – It’s a serious problem and getting worse. Alcohol and drug use on the Great Lakes.

As of Aug. 13, the Coast Guard says says that 89 citations had been issued on the five Great Lakes for drunken boating, compared with 84 over the same period last year.

But it is a vast improvement from 2005, when there had been 262 tickets.

It’s not illegal to drink on the Great Lakes, but boaters are expected to remain clear-headed.

The legal threshold for impaired boating is .08 percent, same as it is on the roads. Coast Guard Commander David Beck in Traverse City says boating under the influence is just as dangerous as driving drunk.

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