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Avoiding a DUI on your boat

On Behalf of | Sep 28, 2023 | DUI Defense | 0 comments

Getting out on your boat is probably one of the best parts of summer. Whether you use your boat for fishing or relaxing with your friends, settling into an afternoon or evening on the lake can be a great way to spend the weekend.

Like many, going out on the boat may also mean taking along some of your favorite alcoholic beverages. While it is permissible to drink while riding on a boat, you could face drunk driving charges if you drive the boat while you are intoxicated.

Here’s what you should know about when you could face DUI charges on your boat.

Not limited to alcohol

When you think of DUI charges on your boat, you might think exclusively about alcohol. However, the statute that covers driving a watercraft while intoxicated includes illegal or prescription drugs.

When you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it can impact your reaction time and your ability to process an emergency. Lakes will have law enforcement on the water this summer looking for indications that you may be driving your boat under the influence of alcohol or other substances.

Boats are not the only water vehicles that count

Your boat is not the only way you might enjoy your time on the lake this summer. It is essential to keep in mind that drunk driving laws apply to other watercraft, too, including:

  • Jetskis
  • Canoes
  • Kayaks
  • Sailboats
  • Pontoons

In addition to the penalties that come with a DUI on your watercraft, you could face additional consequences if someone is injured due to driving a boat while intoxicated.

When planning your summer get-togethers, it is essential to arrange for a sober driver while you are out on the boat.