Boaters can be charged with boating under the influence

Just as drunk driving laws prohibit the operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, so do boating under the influence laws prohibit operating a water vessel. However, there are important differences between drunk driving laws and drunk boating laws.

In Michigan, the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) for operating any kind of watercraft is 0.10. If an operator has a BAC at or above this limit, he or she can be charged with boating under the influence. As with drunk driving, a boater can also be charged with being “visibly impaired” while operating a boat. … read more

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