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Safety of waterborne traffic

The police carry out surveillance of waterborne traffic in inland waters and in sea areas close to ports and harbours. The aim is to promote good boating practice, reduce drunkenness in charge of a vessel and increase the use of safety equipment. Police patrol boats also generally supervise compliance with nature conservation, environmental protection, fishing and hunting regulations and general order and security in water areas and the archipelago. Frontier Guard coastguards supervise waterborne traffic in sea areas.

Under the Penal Code, a person is guilty of waterway traffic intoxication if he/she has a minimum of 100 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood or a minimum of 0.44 mg per litre of exhaled air or if his/her ability to carry out the necessary tasks is impaired. A person can also be guilty of waterway traffic intoxication if he/she has taken some other intoxicating substance than alcohol, if his/her ability to carry out the necessary tasks is impaired and the conditions are such that the person steering the vessel is endangering other people's safety. A person in a rowing boat or sailing dinghy cannot be charged with waterway traffic intoxication.

The police use breathalyser tests to screen waterborne traffic. Anyone suspected of waterway traffic intoxication is taken to the nearest police department for a precision breathalyser test or to a health centre for a blood test.





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