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Can I get a DUI on a boat?

On Behalf of | Jun 8, 2021 | DUI Defense | 0 comments

As the weather warms up during the summer and the sun starts to brighten, many Illinois residents are ready to spend their evenings and weekends outdoors. While they may not be able to spend their entire summer free from everyday obligations, a certain liberty comes with summer.

During the summer, you might enjoy getting out on the boat or pulling out other recreational vehicles. However, you should be aware that you could face serious consequences if you combine alcohol with driving your summer toys.

Here’s what you should know about DUI laws and how they apply to boats and other recreational vehicles.

If you are in control, it (probably) counts

The Illinois Code covers a lot of ground when addressing driving under the influence. Rather than specify “cars,” the code simply mentions “any vehicle.” Typically, “any vehicle” includes vehicles, such as:

  • Cars and trucks
  • ATVs
  • Dirtbikes

In addition to the Illinois code, there is also separate guidance for other types of vehicles, like boats and snowmobiles. Regardless of what you are driving, the message is clear, drinking and driving are not a good mix.

Not just alcohol

While the prominent tagline you hear about intoxicated driving has to do with alcohol, it is not the only substance that can get you in trouble behind the wheel of a car or other vehicle. Any substance that impairs your ability to drive responsibility could result in a DUI, including:

  • Marijuana
  • Prescription medications
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Other illegal substances

Once you start drinking or consuming substances that could impair your ability to drive, it can be difficult to know when you have had too much. It is essential to have a plan for a sober driver, regardless of the type of vehicle you are using.