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Fish & Boat Commission Reminds Boaters that
Boating Under the Influence is a Crime
June 28, 2013
HARRISBURG, Pa. (June 27) – As the busy July 4 holiday approaches, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is reminding vacationers that boating under the influence (BUI) is a serious crime and a threat to public safety.

“Boating under the influence is no different than driving a car after someone’s been drinking,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “Alcohol impairs an individual’s ability to operate a vehicle safely. For the safety of all individuals on the water, please do not operate your boat, jet ski, canoe or kayak if you’ve been drinking.”

So far this year, five individuals have been charged with boating under the influence. PFBC waterways conservation officers arrested 60 individuals in 2012 and 62 in 2011 for boating under the influence.

“Many boaters may not know that the threshold for BUI is the same as with motor vehicles – 0.08 percent,” said Corey Britcher, director of the PFBC Bureau of Law Enforcement. “Fish and Boat officers regularly patrol waterways and will have an increased presence around this holiday.”

If convicted of boating under the influence, operators could face fines and jail time.
Pennsylvania has more than 331,000 registered boats. Because the July 4 holiday falls mid-week, the PFBC expects many families and friends will take vacation during the week, leading to a higher volume of boating activity on the days leading up to the weekend.

For more information on boating safety, visit

Media Contacts: Please contact the regional law enforcement office covering your area to schedule an interview with a waterways conservation officer.

Northwest Region (Counties – Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, Warren)

Region Supervisor – Bob Nestor, (814) 337-0444

Southwest Region (Counties - Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland)

Region Supervisor – Tom Qualters, (814) 445-8974

Northcentral Region (Counties - Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Tioga, Union)

Region Supervisor – Jerry Barton, (814) 359-5250

Southcentral Region (Counties - Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, York)

Region Supervisor – Alan Robinson, (717) 486-7087

Northeast Region (Counties - Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming)

Region Supervisor – Larry Bundy, (570) 477-5717

Southeast Region (Counties - Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Schuylkill)

Region Supervisor – Ray Bednarchik, (717) 626-0228

Harrisburg Headquarters Contact
Eric Levis, Press Secretary
(717) 705-7806

The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit our website at
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