However, boating under the influence (BUI) is becoming an increasing issue on lakes, rivers, and wateways across America, leading to large numbers of citations as well large numbers of injuries and fatalities.
Here are five sobering facts about BUIs that might make you think twice before you get wet and reckless:
Alcohol may threaten your safety on the water in other ways too. The Coast Guard warns that beyond just putting you at risk for criminal or civil liability, being under the influence of alcohol while on the water can harm your safety in some unexpected ways. For example, inner ear disturbances caused by alcohol intoxication may make it impossible for a person who falls in the water to distinguish up from down. The physical warmth generated by alcohol can also be dangerous, as it may prevent a swimmer from realizing the onset of hypothermia.
As a BUI case is very similar in many respects to a DUI case, if you are charged with BUI, an experienced DUI attorney may be able to help you avoid the harshest penalties and deal with any other issues in the wake of your boating arrest.