Memorandum of Understanding Between NASBLA and Mothers Against Drunk Driving
The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) have partnered to reduce and prevent incidents related to boating under the influence. Both organizations recognize the value of enhancing their collaborative relationship to help put an end to impaired boating. This partnership will strengthen the impact of each organization through greater coordination through outreach, education, training and support of law enforcement.
“This is an important step forward in the national recognition and awareness of the devastating impact impaired boating has on victims and their families,” said John Johnson, NASBLA Chief Executive Officer. “NASBLA has been working with our local, state and federal partners for decades to educate, inform and prevent incidents related to boating under the influence. We work every day to accomplish this through research, boater education, law enforcement training and the Operation Dry Water campaign. NASBLA and MADD are both dedicated to continuing to raise awareness and supporting local, state and federal efforts to enforce boating under the influence laws.”
NASBLA and MADD will work cooperatively to foster mutual support for, and identify opportunities to strengthen, national and local collaborative efforts for the NASBLA Operation Dry Water campaign and the MADD BUI=DUI, Know Before You Boat campaign.
“As national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and a victim of boating under the influence, I am grateful for this partnership between MADD and NASBLA to bring services to victims of boating under the influence, support to our on-water law enforcement and a collaborative voice to this issue,” said Alex Otte, MADD National President. “We know that boating under the influence, as driving under the influence, is dangerous, deadly and 100% preventable. Working together to raise awareness of this issue on our nation’s waterways is a critical step in saving lives and preventing injuries caused by boating under the influence.”
NASBLA and MADD will work together to establish greater uniformity in boating under the influence enforcement, prosecution and penalties. The partnership will bring increased national attention to the fact that boating under the influence is driving under the influence and should be viewed by boaters, prosecutors, judges and the public as one in the same.
The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) is a national nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization that works to develop public policy for recreational boating safety. NASBLA represents the recreational boating authorities of all 50 states and the U.S. territories. We offer a variety of resources, including training, model acts, education standards, publications and more. Through a national network of thousands of professional educators, law enforcement officers and volunteers, we affect the lives of nearly 85 million American boaters.