BARRIE, ONT -- With the start of summer, Southern Georgian Bay Marine Unit and OPP are emphasizing the importance of boating safety.

Between June 14-17, police inspected 32 vessels for safety equipment and impaired driving. Officers say they observed multiple violations, such as not having enough lifejackets on board, speed-related offences and impaired driving.

The consequences of impaired operation of a vessel are a 90-day suspension of a driver's license.

To educate boaters, OPP are asking people to download interactive apps that contain boating tools and safety tips.

Here's a number of apps geared towards boaters:

  • Weather to Boat app provides updated local marine forecasts for your boating area
  • i Boat Notes provides a guide to boating safety, navigation tips and vessel equipment requirements
  • What 3 Words app provides your location to police using your cell phone if you are lost on land or on the water