The Baltimore County Police Department invites boaters and non-boaters alike to the 4th Annual Sergeant Marvin T. Haw IV Boating Safety Day on Saturday, June 1. The event begins at 11 a.m. and lasts until 3 p.m., and will be held at Wilson Point Park, 950 Beech Drive, Middle River 21220.

The theme is “Sober Boater, Safe Boater” which simply put means don’t operate a boat and drink. Driving drunk on the water is every bit as dangerous as driving drunk on the roads and highways. Drunk boaters face some of the same penalties as those who are pulled over for drunk driving. For instance, if you are found to be Operating While Intoxicated, you could face one or more citations. Operating a boat and drinking to excess puts others at risk. If you must drink, have a qualified designated operator who has a boating permit. One more safety tip, always wear your flotation device while boating.

There will be lots of activities for everyone including the Marine Unit’s boat displays, free boating safety checks by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, as well as CPR demonstrations. Other activities include a silent auction, free paddle boarding, the Cuddle Shuttle courtesy of the Baltimore County Animal Shelter, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will present Scales and Tales. The Baltimore County Fire Department will demonstrate how they handle boat fires while on the water.

If you are hungry, you can choose snacks from a host of food trucks such as Kona Ice, Triple J Foods, Baltimore Crab Cake and Tasty Maryland. There is something for everyone’s taste.

Celebrate boating season with us on June 1. And remember don’t operate your boat while drinking and wear your flotation device.