Texting While Boating: An Avoidable Distraction
Did you know that a large portion of preventable boating accidents stem from distracted driving? While alcohol use continues to be problematic, a recent USCG report lists "operator inattention" as another contributing factor in many boating accidents. Piloting a boat comes with a number of often-unavoidable distractions like wind, glare and fatigue. But cell phones create the potential for additional distraction. So much so, in fact, that the USCG prohibits the use of cell phones by its vessel operators.
Unfortunately, too many recreational boaters don't consider the dangers of texting while boating. Texting (along with tweeting, taking photos and posting to social media sites) can create the kind of operator inattention that leads to accidents.
If you're planning to hit the waterways this summer, put your cell phone away while operating your boat. Be safe...and have fun!
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