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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For more information,
boaters can access nasbla.org or uscgboating.org.
*Source: U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics 2020