Law enforcement officers across North Carolina are focusing on detecting boat operators who are under the influence of alcohol. The state Wildlife Resources Commission and other agencies are participating Saturday and Sunday in Operation Dry Water.
The event is aimed at enforcing laws against boating under the influence of alcohol. Capt. Chris Huber said it is illegal to operate a boat with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or greater. Penalties may include a fine up to $1,000 and jail time. During the operation, officers will conduct safety inspections and operate random checkpoints to detect intoxicated boaters.
Boating under the Influence is just as deadly as drinking and driving.
Did you know:
- A boat operator is likely to become impaired more quickly than a driver, drink for drink?
- The penalties for BUI can include large fines, revocation of operator privileges and serious jail terms?
- The use of alcohol is involved in about a third of all recreational boating fatalities?
Every boater needs to understand the risks of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs (BUI). It is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in every state. The Coast Guard also enforces a federal law that prohibits BUI. This law pertains to ALL boats (from canoes and rowboats to the largest ships) — and includes foreign vessels that operate in U.S. waters, as well as U.S. vessels on the high seas.
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