Drinking and boating laws get tougher

July 30, 2013

New Boating Under the Influence laws went into effect July 28.

Under the laws, BUI is a gross misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum fine of $5,000 and up to 364 days in jail.

Law enforcement will be able to require operators suspected of BUI to take a breath or blood test. They will also have the authority to issue citations to vessel operators during the investigation of collisions and accidents they did not witness, thus holding negligent and reckless boaters more accountable.

The legal limit for BUI is .08 percent or under the influence and