Boating is primarily a leisure activity, and many individuals thus treat it differently than driving a car. For the person operating the boat, however, boating safety is a responsibility and is to be taken seriously — including when it comes to drinking or using drugs. The operator of a boat or a personal watercraft (such as a PWC) is subject to arrest for boating under the influence (BUI), just as a driver would be for driving under the influence. The Boating Under The Influence Guide is a great way to prepare yourself and your family for safe boating this summer.
Drunk boat driving might not seem as serious as drinking and driving, given the relative lack of traffic on the water, but the effects of even one drink can severely impair an operator’s ability to make good decisions while behind the wheel. The combination of heat, glare and noise that an operator experiences while boating can exacerbate alcohol’s effects on the senses, equilibrium and judgment. Simply put, drunk boating is never safe behavior.
Other strategies for avoiding BUI include not operation a boat for at least one hour for each drink you have had, and checking the laws of your state to see whether an individual can be charged with BUI for operating watercraft such as a canoe or kayak while drunk.
Boating Safety is the responsibility of everyone on the vessel.
Source – Olive Law Firm
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