Boating is a favorite pastime for many Georgians. While I’m not a regular lake goer, many of my family’s friends frequently visit Atlanta’s Lake Lanier and middle Georgia’s Lake Oconee (among others) during the warm summer days of June, July and August. It’s easy to get into the “lake state of mind” when on the water: enjoying a few drinks while hanging out with friends, not eating a whole lot because you’re out on the water, etc. All of this can be the recipe for a great weekend or a recipe for disaster if you’re not armed with the knowledge of how to avoid Boating Under the Influence (BUI) charges.
BUI, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, is defined as “operating, navigating, steering, or driving any moving vessel while under the influence of alcohol to the extent that it is less safe for the person to operate, steer, etc. such a vehicle.” Just as with a DUI (driving under the influence) charge, there are legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limits in Georgia: