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3 things you should know about boating and DUIs

Nothing is better than hitting the bay in your yacht when the weather gets warm and the sun is shining. Boating is an understandably popular hobby in the summer months, and it is fun to enjoy it with friends, too. Perhaps you want to loosen up and have a good time by indulging in a few drinks. Is it possible, though, to get a DUI if you are operating a boat while intoxicated?

There are a few ways to answer this question and a few things you should know about boating DUIs. If you are a fan of yachting and you plan to enjoy some boating fun this summer, take the following facts into consideration before you venture into the water and drink alcohol at the same time.

Drunk boating is dangerous

The first thing you should consider when you are thinking about boating and drinking is the fact that alcohol introduces a number of risk factors into the equation that would not otherwise exist. When you are surrounded by water, it is obviously far more likely that somebody will drown if he or she becomes too intoxicated and falls off the boat. The added risk of drowning makes drinking inadvisable at best.

You can lose your license

It is also worth noting that you can lose your boating license as a result of boating and drinking. If law enforcement arrests you and charges you with DUI or BUI, you may face a license suspension for a period of time, or you could lose your license altogether. 

It is against the law

In response to the original question—can you get a DUI if you operate a boat while intoxicated?—the answer is yes. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, penalties include fines, incarceration and revocation of your license. The legal BAC limit for operating a vehicle applies to boating as well as driving, and if your BAC is higher than the threshold, you may face DUI charges.

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