Now that summer is here, Georgia residents and out-of-state visitors alike have taken their boats out onto the state's numerous rivers and lakes. Many like to have a good time—whether they're fishing, skiing, or simply relaxing.
While boating and recreation involves good food, good fishing and the company of friends and family, it also often involves alcohol. For those boaters, you should know that the same laws in Georgia for DUI that are applicable to motor vehicles apply similarly to boats. That means you could be subject to a felony and all that goes with it upon arrest for and conviction of driving a boat while under the influence of alcohol (or “BUI”).
In the State of Georgia, it is unlawful to:
- operate a vessel subject to registration, and
- while on public waters
- while under the influence of any alcohol or drug or with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or greater.
So, stay safe this summer. Don't drink while boating!