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Hold the Alcohol – Boaters Beware

Boaters Beware – You’re being watched.

Safe Boating SeasonIt’s summertime, time to take the boat out for some fun on the water. Or the jet ski, kayak or paddle board.  It should be a fun, safe time with family and friends. Not a time to worry if your captain or the boater next to you is under the influence.

Did you know that alcohol is more hazardous on the water than on land.  Sometimes the marine environment causes impairment from the motion, vibration, engine noise, sun and wind.  This alone can cause fatigue which can slow a boater’s coordination, judgment and reaction time, it can be accelerated by boating under the influence.

BUI – Boating Under the Influence

  • According to the Department of Boating and Waterways 138 BUI related arrests and 6 boating fatalities in Southern California in 2013.
  • It’s just as illegal to be under the influence on an un-motorized vessel as it is a motorized vessel.
  • During holiday weekends and summer months, law enforcement set up BUI checkpoints. Law enforcement is watching!
  • Law enforcement suggest, dock before you drink. And don’t go back out if you’ve had too much.
  • There are two types of tests, one is done on the vessel, the other on shore.
  • Operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is a misdemeanor and can include 1 year in jail and/or a fine up to $1000. You will also be ordered to take and pass a boating safety course.


BUI and Jet Skis
Operation Dry Water was launched in 2009 by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). It’s the nation’s annual BUI awareness and enforcement campaign.  They partnered with the Coast Guard to help reduce alcohol related accidents and fatalities in the water.

 

 

So spread the word about the dangers of boating under the influence (BUI). Many forget that a boat is a vehicle too.  Boating irresponsibly just isn’t worth the risk. It not only puts you in danger, but those around you too!

Wishing everyone fun, safe boating!

 

 

Operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is a misdemeanor and can include one year in county jail or a fine of up to $1,000. If you’re found to be operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs you will be ordered by the court to take and pass a boating safety course. If convicted, the Department of Motor Vehicles may suspend or revoke your vehicle driver’s license, ranging from six months to five years. – See more at: http://www.thelog.com/Local/Article/Boaters-beware–Law-enforcement-cracking-down-on-alcohol-consumption-at-sea#sthash.ZS9eO836.dpuf
Operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is a misdemeanor and can include one year in county jail or a fine of up to $1,000. If you’re found to be operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs you will be ordered by the court to take and pass a boating safety course. If convicted, the Department of Motor Vehicles may suspend or revoke your vehicle driver’s license, ranging from six months to five years. – See more at: http://www.thelog.com/Local/Article/Boaters-beware–Law-enforcement-cracking-down-on-alcohol-consumption-at-sea#sthash.ZS9eO836.dpuf

According to the Department of Boating and Waterways (Cal Boating), there were 138 BUI related arrests and six boating fatalities in Southern California in 2013. – See more at: http://www.thelog.com/Local/Article/Boaters-beware–Law-enforcement-cracking-down-on-alcohol-consumption-at-sea#sthash.ZS9eO836.dpuf

According to the Department of Boating and Waterways (Cal Boating), there were 138 BUI related arrests and six boating fatalities in Southern California in 2013. – See more at: http://www.thelog.com/Local/Article/Boaters-beware–Law-enforcement-cracking-down-on-alcohol-consumption-at-sea#sthash.ZS9eO836.dpuf
According to the Department of Boating and Waterways (Cal Boating), there were 138 BUI related arrests and six boating fatalities in Southern California in 2013. Greg Imura of Cal Boating said alcohol testing was conducted for four of the fatalities, and two tested positive. Cal Boating uses a blood alcohol level of 0.035 percent or higher to consider an individual under the influence. The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that when the concentration of alcohol in a person’s bloodstream reaches that level, noticeable changes in judgment and operational competency occur. – See more at: http://www.thelog.com/Local/Article/Boaters-beware–Law-enforcement-cracking-down-on-alcohol-consumption-at-sea#sthash.ZS9eO836.dpuf

According to the Department of Boating and Waterways (Cal Boating), there were 138 BUI related arrests and six boating fatalities in Southern California in 2013. Greg Imura of Cal Boating said alcohol testing was conducted for four of the fatalities, and two tested positive. Cal Boating uses a blood alcohol level of 0.035 percent or higher to consider an individual under the influence. The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that when the concentration of alcohol in a person’s bloodstream reaches that level, noticeable changes in judgment and operational competency occur.

Between 2009 and 2013, alcohol use contributed to 81 accidents, 26 deaths and 86 injuries among California boaters. In 2013, California had the third most alcohol-related boating accidents in the country (32) and the fourth-most injuries (22). – See more at: http://www.thelog.com/Local/Article/Boaters-beware–Law-enforcement-cracking-down-on-alcohol-consumption-at-sea#sthash.ZS9eO836.dpuf

According to the Department of Boating and Waterways (Cal Boating), there were 138 BUI related arrests and six boating fatalities in Southern California in 2013. Greg Imura of Cal Boating said alcohol testing was conducted for four of the fatalities, and two tested positive. Cal Boating uses a blood alcohol level of 0.035 percent or higher to consider an individual under the influence. The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that when the concentration of alcohol in a person’s bloodstream reaches that level, noticeable changes in judgment and operational competency occur.

Between 2009 and 2013, alcohol use contributed to 81 accidents, 26 deaths and 86 injuries among California boaters. In 2013, California had the third most alcohol-related boating accidents in the country (32) and the fourth-most injuries (22). – See more at: http://www.thelog.com/Local/Article/Boaters-beware–Law-enforcement-cracking-down-on-alcohol-consumption-at-sea#sthash.ZS9eO836.dpuf

According to the Department of Boating and Waterways (Cal Boating), there were 138 BUI related arrests and six boating fatalities in Southern California in 2013. Greg Imura of Cal Boating said alcohol testing was conducted for four of the fatalities, and two tested positive. Cal Boating uses a blood alcohol level of 0.035 percent or higher to consider an individual under the influence. The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that when the concentration of alcohol in a person’s bloodstream reaches that level, noticeable changes in judgment and operational competency occur.

Between 2009 and 2013, alcohol use contributed to 81 accidents, 26 deaths and 86 injuries among California boaters. In 2013, California had the third most alcohol-related boating accidents in the country (32) and the fourth-most injuries (22). – See more at: http://www.thelog.com/Local/Article/Boaters-beware–Law-enforcement-cracking-down-on-alcohol-consumption-at-sea#sthash.ZS9eO836.dpuf

According to the Department of Boating and Waterways (Cal Boating), there were 138 BUI related arrests and six boating fatalities in Southern California in 2013. Greg Imura of Cal Boating said alcohol testing was conducted for four of the fatalities, and two tested positive. Cal Boating uses a blood alcohol level of 0.035 percent or higher to consider an individual under the influence. The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that when the concentration of alcohol in a person’s bloodstream reaches that level, noticeable changes in judgment and operational competency occur.

Between 2009 and 2013, alcohol use contributed to 81 accidents, 26 deaths and 86 injuries among California boaters. In 2013, California had the third most alcohol-related boating accidents in the country (32) and the fourth-most injuries (22). – See more at: http://www.thelog.com/Local/Article/Boaters-beware–Law-enforcement-cracking-down-on-alcohol-consumption-at-sea#sthash.ZS9eO836.dpuf

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