At our annual conference in Texas in September, NASBLA launched its Boat Operations and Training Program – or BOAT, for short. The BOAT program is a national training system intend to develop and compliment the capabilities of maritime law enforcement officers at all levels of government – federal, state and local. The tactical boat operations component of the program is based on the Federal Exclusionary Zone training developed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission over the last several years.
Of the 120 counties in Kentucky, 52 are completely dry, 38 are considered partially dry or &quot;moist&quot;, 29 are entirely wet, and one is classified as wet but is actually closer to &quot;moist&quot;.
Keith Colburn – Deadliest Catch Casket – Tim Smalley, Minnesota
NBSAC Presentation 103109
Ron Sarver NASBLA Deputy Director
<ul><li>50 th Anniversary </li></ul><ul><li>Boat Operations and Training Program </li></ul><ul><li>BUI Course and ANSI Certificate Program </li></ul><ul><li>Validation of Field Sobriety Tests </li></ul><ul><li>Operation Dry Water </li></ul>NBSAC Outline
“ The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Program has created a comprehensive standard for training and typing in support of all hazards response. Through collective partnerships of federal, state, county, and local first responders, the BOAT Program will unify national resources and enhance the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s capabilities in the safety and security of our citizens within our maritime domain.” Rear Admiral Sally Brice-O’Hara Deputy Commandant for Operations U.S. Coast Guard
Next Steps Coast Guard Demonstration Project, November 2-6, 2009 Charleston, South Carolina Open Course January 11-15, 2010 St. Petersburg, Florida Open Course January 18-22, 2010 Miami, Florida
BUI Course & Certificate Program <ul><li>BUI Course offered nationally for last six years </li></ul><ul><li>One of 11 organizations chosen for ANSI pilot </li></ul><ul><li>Includes FBI, FDA, US Army, Sullivan University </li></ul>
Validating Field Sobriety Tests <ul><li>Southern California Research Institute </li></ul><ul><li>Architects of NHTSA-approved SFSTs </li></ul><ul><li>Completed field testing afloat battery of SFSTs </li></ul>
Validating Field Sobriety Tests <ul><li>• Data look promising for new battery of tests. </li></ul><ul><li>Can be used in seated position in cases of restricted mobility or adverse environmental conditions. </li></ul><ul><li>Final report of three-year project due in December. </li></ul>
Operation Dry Water is a coordinated, national weekend of Boating Under the Influence (BUI) detection and enforcement aimed at reducing the number of alcohol-related accidents and fatalities and fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol use on the water.
Operation Dry Water directly addresses the National Recreational Boating Safety Strategic Plan Strategy 6.2, …increase the number of BUI checkpoints to collect and report BUI and safety compliance data in the Performance Report Part II.
Increase BUI enforcement Increase patrols on a particular body of water Increase patrols in several locations BUI checkpoints in one or more locations Heightened awareness Combination Local media and public awareness
Thoughts from the public … Hopefully, here in NC, they will close down all the schools they fired the teachers from due to budget cuts and they move that tax revenue to the Wildlife so they can run around harassing boaters every weekend. Gee, hope your family is never the recipient of a boating accident due to excessive drinking! This forum is about boater safety and education. I posted this for all as a reminder to be careful out there. Maybe you have other priorities...I wouldn't call it harassment.
Operation dry weather would make more sense here in the Northeast. Thoughts from the public … They also should have common sense checkpoints.
I am not an organization, just an individual who enjoys boating. I applaude your program and wish you great success. I use alcohol on occasion but limit it to situations where i won't be operating any type of equipment that will endanger anyone or anything. As far as I am concerned, any alcohol use connected with boating should be strickly banned and violaters should be severely punished. Once again, I wish you great success !!!!! Blair Williams (Ohio boater) Fan mail
Media Tracking June 22 To August 24 – 2009 563 Television Hits 273 Online Mentions 224 Newspaper Articles/Clips 4 Magazine Articles 11 International Mentions 104 Wire Story/Hyperlink Mentions
Lessons Learned <ul><li>More lead time </li></ul><ul><li>Include U.S. Army Corps of Engineers early </li></ul><ul><li>Collect quick numbers for release on Monday. </li></ul><ul><li>Increase reporting by states and agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinate, coordinate, coordinate </li></ul>