Police on both sides of the border are geared up to patrol local waterways with zero tolerance for drunken boaters during Friday’s Jobbie Nooner party on Lake St. Clair.
Jobbie Nooner is held the last Friday in June and the second Saturday in September. It is considered the largest boat party in the American Midwest, attracting 10,000 boats to the area. The event began in 1974 when auto workers, who referred to themselves as “Jobbies,” first started taking off the last Friday of June to party on the lake.
Essex County OPP, Windsor Police Service, the Canadian Coast Guard and Canada Border Services Agency will be patrolling Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River along the Canadian side of the waterways.
They have expressed a zero tolerance for boaters, or motorists on land, who are driving drunk. Police are encouraging people to plan ahead for the event by designating a sober driver and boat operator.
People convicted of operating a boat while impaired will lose their driver’s license for at least a year.
Boater’s Safety Tips
As with most motorized vehicles, it is important that boaters maintain focus and sobriety while operating a vessel. The mayhem of party goers in combination with alcohol can make for a deadly combination.
Boaters should also make sure there are enough life jackets for all onboard. Police are encouraging this weekend’s boaters to wear their life jackets to prevent any accidents from happening.
If you or someone you love is injured while on the water, the Windsor boating accident lawyers at Greg Monforton & Partners can help you recover fair compensation for your injuries. We know that a simple mistake on the water can have devastating consequences. That is why were are here to help those who have suffered injuries because of another’s actions.