The Dangers of Boating Under the Influence

Everyone knows drinking and driving causes large numbers of traffic accident fatalities annually, however, when you are relaxing on the lake, drinking may not seem like an issue. After all, you’re out to have a good time, right?

Boating Under the Influence, or BUI, is a big deal. An individual operating a boat with a blood alcohol content over .08% is ten times more likely to die in a boating accident than someone driving sober.

Most drivers don’t understand that elements such as the boat’s vibration, motion, and engine noise make the effects of alcohol (as well as drugs) seem more intense. These conditions add up to a dangerous drinking and boating experience. Additionally, prescription medications may be affected by the outdoor weather conditions.

Many skills are necessary to operate a boat. The following attributes are usually affected after drinking or taking drugs, including:

  • Ability to Distinguish Colors
  • Balance
  • Cognitive Abilities
  • Coordination
  • Focus
  • Night Vision
  • Judgment
  • Peripheral Vision
  • Reaction Time


Similar to a DUI

Boating Under the Influence is viewed similarly to a DUI. Law enforcement officials will look for someone who is driving a boat erratically. The operator will then be asked to perform a field sobriety test and / or a chemical test.


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At The Nahajski Firm, our attorneys have more than twenty-seven years of combined experience representing individuals charged with misdemeanors. We are prepared to fight for you and keep you out of jail. We will take all the necessary steps to avoid a mark on your permanent record, which could impact your ability to get employment, loans, and / or travel into Canada. Our lawyers are committed to protecting your future by aggressively defending your misdemeanor charges.

Every case has its own unique problems, consequences, and opportunities, and we understand no two cases are alike. We encourage you to contact and speak personally to a lawyer about the details of your unique circumstances. Call us at 206-621-0500 for a free consultation today. We represent people throughout the Puget Sound area, including Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, and Kent.