July 2012 Newsletter

July’s Offline Happenings!
Summer Safety
4th of July Holiday  
Celebrate the great country that we live in!
Celebrate with Care!
July 20, 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 noon
A Common Thread:  Examining the Relationship between Trauma and Addiction,
Jackson Recovery Centers, 800 5th Street, Sioux City, Iowa, (712) 234-2300
MYTH:  Drugs relieve stress.  They help people deal with problems.
FACT:  Drugs only make people forget and not care about their troubles.  When the drug wears off, the problems are still there.   
Source: relevancyinc.com

July is Summer Safety Month  
Don’t Drink and Boat!
Iowa law prohibits anyone from boating while intoxicated (BWI). This includes the operation of any vessel or manipulation of any water skis, surfboard, or similar device while under the influence of alcohol; marijuana; a narcotic, hypnotic, or other drug; or any combination of these substances. Alcohol and drugs cause impaired balance, blurred vision, poor coordination, impaired judgment, and slower reaction time. Iowa law states that a person is considered to be boating while intoxicated (BWI) if he or she:
  • Is under the influence of alcohol or other drug or a combination of such substances or…
  • Has a blood, breath, or urine alcohol concentration of 0.08% or more or…
  • Has any amount of a controlled substance present in his or her person, as measured in blood or urine.
Iowa law establishes the following penalties for BWI.
  • Upon a first conviction, a person may be fined up to $1,000, jailed for at least 48 hours, and prohibited from operating a vessel for one year.
  • Upon a second conviction, a person may be fined up to $5,000, jailed for at least 7 days, and prohibited from operating a vessel for two years.
  • Upon the third and subsequent convictions, a person may be fined up to $7,500, jailed for up to one year, and prohibited from operating a vessel for six years.
  • In addition, persons convicted of BWI will be assigned to substance abuse evaluation/treatment and must attend a course for drinking drivers.
  • Persons convicted of BWI who caused the death or injury of someone will receive severe penalties in addition to those above.
By operating a vessel on Iowa waters, you have given “implied” consent to alcohol testing. For a first offense of refusing to be tested, you can be fined up to $500 and lose your operating privileges for up to one year. Alcohol is a major contributor to boating accidents and fatalities.
Nebraska law states:
  • Operating a motorboat with a blood alcohol content of .08% or greater constitutes Boating Under the Influence (BUI) and carries a penalty of up to $1,000 fine, up to six months in jail and the loss of boating privileges for six months. Refusal to submit to a chemical blood alcohol text will result in the same penalties as BUI.
South Dakota law prohibits anyone from boating under the influence (BUI)—that is, operating any vessel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. South Dakota law states that a person is considered to be boating under the influence (BUI) if:
  • The alcohol concentration in his/her blood or breath is 0.08% or more or …
  • The person is under the influence of alcohol, any other drug, or combination of drugs and/or alcohol to a degree that makes him/her incapable of safely operating the vessel.
By operating a vessel on South Dakota’s waters, you have given “implied” consent to alcohol and/or drug testing if requested by a law enforcement officer. Refusal to submit to testing is admissible as evidence in court.  
Siouxland Fact
Siouxland CARES and Comprehensive Strategy have compiled community data on risk factors and youth problem behaviors.  Visit our website at www.siouxlandcares.org, and go to the Comprehensive Strategy tab for more information.

Bullying Information
Contact the Boys Town National Hot Line,
1-800-448-3000 or
the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline,
1-800-273-8255 or
A Youth Counseling Hotline,
Additional Resources:

Find out more about the beSomebody campaign by connecting to the Siouxland CARES website at www.siouxlandcares.org or beSomebody.us or Like us on beSomebody Facebook page.

Tri-State Curfew
The following curfew is now in effect in Sioux City, Sergeant Bluff, and Woodbury County, Iowa, North Sioux City, South Dakota, South Sioux City, Nebraska, and Dakota County, Nebraska. Please enforce these times in your home.
 10:00 p.m. for minors under the age of 14
11:00 p.m. for minors ages 14 and 15
Midnight for minors ages 16 and 17  

Respect:  Give it.  Get it.
Responsibility:  Take it.  Teach It.
Fairness:  Share it.  Practice it.
Caring:  Show it.  Receive it.
Citizenship:  Have it.  Honor it.
Make Your Character Count in Siouxland!!

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