Boating under the influence laws are similar to other state laws regulating motor vehicles. Law enforcement can stop, inspect, and test boaters for sobriety in the same manner they do in roadside checks on state highways. Did you know that in 2005, a sweep of the waterways was conducted specifically to stop those boating under the influence?
The Sacramento River in Northern California was the site of a waterway sweep that "pulled over" twelve vessels. State and local officials are quite involved in charging those boating while intoxicated. Just because there is no "open container" law on the waterways in many states doesn't give boaters the freedom to create unsafe conditions through the use of alcohol.
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|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|