Summer is just around the corner, and for many that means it’s time to put their boat back in the open water. But as of April 2011, B.C. now has stricter regulations for pleasure craft operators. Safety enforcement officers can now issue tickets on the spot to violators, without going through the courts.

A recent article in the Vancouver Sun reported that over 80% of drownings in 2011 could have been prevented by use of a personal floatation device (PFD), or life jacket, and nearly 50% of those accidents involved drugs or alcohol.