NSFA Kayak Outing
July 12, 2014
Alcohol and Boating
Think Before You Drink
Almost half of all boating accidents involve alcohol. That should be reason enough to leave alcohol consumption for when you are safely ashore with no plans to travel. Operating a boat while intoxicated is a federal offense, subject to a $1,000 fine. Add to that - criminal penalties, which are as high as $5,000, things get expensive real quick and may even include jail time.State Boating Under the Influence Laws are becoming more stringent too. In most states, the standards for determining whether an individual is intoxicated matches its state highway laws for operating a vehicle. Please consider:
· In most states it is illegal to operate a boat with a blood alcohol content of .08% or greater.
· Some states will suspend your boating license or privilege.
· In some states your driving record could be affected.
· Your boat could be seized or sold at auction.
Tip #1: If you plan to drink, don’t go boating, or save your alcohol for when you’ve arrived safely back at the dock.
The Affects of Alcohol
BALANCE: Balance is critical on a boat. Simply falling overboard and drowning accounts for a t least one in four boating fatalities.
JUDGEMENT: Alcohol reduces inhibitions, causing normally cautious people to try stunts or enter high-risk situations a sober person would avoid.
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