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Boating under the influence is no joke

When it comes to the operation of a vehicle, few people think of boats when the topic of drunk driving comes to mind. Most people will immediately picture someone who is down on his or her luck driving away from a bar late at night. The implication is that anyone who is intoxicated and operating a vehicle is driving a car.

But, of course, there are other contexts in which a person can be accused of (and convicted of) operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Boats are just one of these contexts, and a BUI can leave an individual with some very serious punishments and consequences that affect their life for a long time after the charge.

In Rhode Island, the law says that anyone operating a boat with a blood alcohol content (BAC) that exceeds 0.08 is subject to a boating under the influence charge. It's the same as the legal limit for a DUI, though there is no stipulation for underage people who drink and operate a boat.

Why is this important? Well, many Rhode Island residents enjoy the numerous spots around the state where boating is a possibility. If they enjoy a beverage or two too many, they could be caught up in a serious BUI case that could change their life.

The penalties of a BUI are often very similar to that of a DUI, and these penalties can linger and affect you in a variety of ways. Consult an attorney if you are accused of a BUI.

Source: FindLaw, "State Boating Under the Influence Blood Alcohol Levels," Accessed Dec. 18, 2014

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