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In Florida, boating drunk has strict consequences. It is against Florida law to operate a vessel while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Any operator suspected of boating under the influence must submit to a sobriety test and a chemical test to determine alcohol content.
Boating drunk and failing to comply with the sobriety exam can result in suspension of your license. Like other states and like DUI laws, there is a specific blood alcohol content level at which you are presumed to be drunk. In Florida, the blood alcohol level that declares that you are boating drunk is any level over .08%.
Each year, many accidents happen in Florida waterways due to boating drunk. Next time you are thinking of joining in the fun on your watch as Captain, think twice—it may cost you your Captain's hat.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|