The Swedish Coast Guard has reported more than five times as many cases of suspected drunken boating this year than they had during the same time last year. So far 159 people have been suspected of drinking while operating a boat.
Robert Primus with the Coast Guard told daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter reported that the steep increase is due to a tougher law about drinking and boating, and the nice weather. On June 1 a law went into effect which allows the coast guard and police to routinely check the blood alcohol content of boat operators. The coast guard has performed 1,150 inspections so far this year.