(Des Moines) Iowa Department of Natural Resource Spokesman Kevin Baskins warns boat operators about the dangers of drinking and boating. Baskins tells KSOM/KS95 news that an operator can face penalties if he is found guilty of operating a boat while under the influence, but even beyond that, he says there are safety issues.
“When you are in a boat and drinking the sun and the wave action can certainly accelerate the effects of alcohol.” Stated Baskins. “And you also run into situation with boats where you don’t have quit the control you have with a motor vehicle.”
He said for example boats don’t steer the same and they don’t have brakes. “The reason we have boating intoxicated laws is for safety bottom line.”
A West Des Moines man was killed Sunday evening when two boats collided between the Second Avenue and Sixth Avenue Bridges on the Des Moines River. The two men, 46-year-old Tony Starrett and 54-year-old Steven Mayo, were each charged with boating while intoxicated. Tony Starrett’s brother, 49-year-old Kelly Starrett was killed in the collision.
Tony Starrett’s boat has been recovered from the Des Moines River. Authorites are examining the boat and talking to eye witnesses to figure out exactly what happened in that accident that occurred at around 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening.
June 19, 2012