Avoid the Dangers of Boating Under the Influence this Summer
Summer is almost here, and you know what that means? It’s almost time to pack up the family, pull out the boat, and head to the lake for a relaxing week or few weeks on the water. But before you hit the open water, make sure you take a moment to brush up on the dangers of boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol (BUI).
You may already know that the it is illegal in every State in the USA to drive a boat while under the influence, but did you also know that if you drink while operating a boat you are more likely to become impaired faster than if you were drinking the same amount while operating a vehicle? Alcohol will affect a boater in many different ways including vision and depth perception, lack of coordination making it difficult to steer to shore safely, and the ability to process information needed to safely maneuver a boat quickly. Plus, the combination of sun and alcohol can create a false sense of warmth, which can put the driver in danger of hypothermia should the boat capsize.
The bottom line is that drinking alcohol while boating will put both yourself and your passengers at significant risk for injury or death, and the Coast Guard has strict penalties including fines, license suspension, and jail time should you be found driving a boat under the influence. This summer, protect yourself and your passengers by avoiding alcohol altogether while out on the water.