As many of you prepare to head out for some fun on the lake this Labor Day weekend, I’d like to take the time to stress the importance being safe and responsible while out boating or participating in other water-related activities. We all know that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is dangerous, not to mention against the law. However, for many people, the guidelines about boating under the influence are a little less clear. We tend to see boating as much more of a relaxed and recreational activity than driving a car. Drinking a few beers on a boat on a warm day can seem pretty harmless. But before you take out that bottle opener, take a minute to learn a little more about the reality of boating under the influence.
DUI or BUI?
Driving a vehicle of any kind while intoxicated increases the risk of an accident. In Missouri, a first conviction of driving while intoxicated (DWI) results in a 90-day suspension, while further convictions can sometimes even result in a 5-10 year license denial. The reason these offenses are taken so seriously is the large number of serious accidents that occur each year as a result of drunk driving. If you are charged with a DWI or DUI, it is essential to immediately consult an experienced DUI attorney who can work to help you get the best possible outcome for your case.
It may come as a surprise to some that the consequences of boating under the influence can be just as severe as a DUI. Consuming alcohol while boating is just as dangerous as consuming alcohol while operating a motor vehicle. The consequences of such actions reflect the severity of the crime. Every state has laws against boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Boating under the influence can lead to large fines, restricted boat operating privileges, and even jail time if the incident is severe.
The U.S. coast guard reports that alcohol is the leading cause in fatal boating accidents. Even if the accident is minor, you could still get in trouble with the law for boating under the influence. It’s important to think about boating safety whenever you participate in recreational lake activities, because a mistake could result in legal troubles and even serious accidents.
Defense Attorney in the Kansas City area
If you get a DUI or are involved in a boating or other accident, call the office of Daniel C. Miller in Kansas City. He is an experienced defense lawyer who can help you resolve your case. Call (816) 875-0470 today.