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What to know about boating while impaired

On Behalf of | Oct 19, 2022 | DUI

Many people like to relax by having a couple of beers while enjoying some time on the lake, and boating can be a very healthy form of recreation. However, some people go into vacation mode while on their boats and forget that many of the same laws apply to boating as any other motor vehicle.

Here are some things to know about boating while impaired on one of Georgia’s many public lakes and rivers.

It is illegal

One or two beers or other alcoholic beverages are not generally enough to put most adults over the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle. However, any more than this and someone could be getting into the territory of having a blood alcohol content that is over the legal limit. Factors such as sex, body weight and amount of food and water consumed while drinking alcohol also contribute to how quickly someone becomes intoxicated.

It does not only apply to boats

Boating while impaired laws in Georgia not only apply to those operating boats on public waterways but extend to those on water skis and similar apparatuses as well. Someone should be aware of how the law applies to them prior to going out on a lake, river or another source of water.

Knowing the laws and how they apply to an individual’s circumstances is a good way for someone to avoid getting into legal trouble. Being aware of boating while impaired laws help ensure that a day at the lake remains safe and fun.