Don’t Be Boating While Intoxicated

Boating while intoxicated is a hazard that endangers a lot of people each year. The Missouri Highway Patrol is now the enforcement arm for boaters in the State of Missouri.

Bring on Summer

It is not too early to start thinking about taking the boat out on the river or heading to the Lake of the Ozarks for some time on the water. I know I am about done with the cold weather.

Each year there is an increase on the number of boating while intoxicated arrests. I don’t know if it is because the enforcement is up or the number of people drinking and boating has increased.

.08 Is The Limit

A person commits the offense of boating with excessive blood alcohol content if he or she operates a vessel while having eight-hundredths of one percent or more by weight of alcohol in his or her blood. So, actually .08 is too much.

Intoxicated?

The law simply states:  “A person commits the offense of boating while intoxicated if he or she operates a vessel while in an intoxicated condition.”

So often that just becomes a judgment call on the part of the officer who stops your boat. They can give their opinion as to whether or not you were intoxicated even if you do not take a breath test.

They Are Watching You

If you are speeding around in your boat without life jackets and openly drinking beer you are greatly increasing the chances you will be pulled over. So operate your boat in a reasonable way and you stand a better chance of not having to deal with highway patrol this summer. If you need my help, contact me.


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