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Boating Under the Influence (BUI)

Boating under the influence (BUI) continues to be a major factor in incidents and deaths on our nation's waterways. 


    • Alcohol is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents.
    • BUI is illegal. Operating a recreational vessel with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher is against the law. 
    • Boating under the influence applies to drugs and some prescription medications, as well as alcohol. 
    • Alcohol can impair a boater's judgement, balance, vision and reaction time. It can increase fatigue and vulnerability to the effects of cold water shock
    • Sun, wind, noise, vibration and rocking of the boat are all "stressors" common to the boating environment. These stressors intensify the effects of alcohol, drugs and some medications.
    • Alchohol is dangerous for passengers too. Intoxicated passengers can easily slip, fall overboard or suffer other life-threatening incidents. 
    • It's important that all operators and passengers are wearing a USCG-approved life jacket. Also, operators should use an engine cut-off switch. 
When you are out on the water, be safe and responsible. Remember, sober boating is the law! 

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*Source:  U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics 2020