There’s no denying we are getting closer to summer, and what better way to beat the heat than by escaping to the lake to enjoy a day on the boat with family and friends? With an influx of people heading to the lake, it’s important to be aware of the big changes coming for blood alcohol content limit for BUI arrests.
We recently shared the news that Governor Nathan Deal and state legislators had proposed a new boater safety law SB 136, a bill that would lower the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) for operating a boat from .10 to .08, which is the same BAC limit required for anyone driving a car that’s of legal drinking age. The bill was officially signed last month and will go into effect on May 15. Part of the legislature, the Jake and Griffin Prince BUI Law, was named in honor of two brothers tragically killed last summer at Lake Lanier in an accident involving an intoxicated boat driver. With the new law comes harsher penalties for anyone caught operating a boat while intoxicated beyond the legal limit because it is just as dangerous to drive a boat under the influence as it is driving a car.
According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, there were 180 recorded boating under the influence (BUI) cases in Georgia last year. Anyone who is arrested for BUI faces potential loss of privileges to drive a boat, misdemeanor charges, fines up to $1,000 and/or up to one year of jail time. While enjoying alcohol while boating is not illegal, boating under the influence and endangering those around us is. Drinking impairs your judgment and delays reaction time, putting yourself and others in danger. The new law encourages extra safety on the water to avoid injuries and accidents because of poor decisions made from alcohol consumption.
Gwinnett traffic and DUI attorney Mickey Roberts represents clients with traffic, DUI and BUI offenses with over 30 years of practice experience. To inquire about legal representation for BUI or other offenses, contact Mr. GaDUI today. Also be sure to connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.