The Georgia Department of Natural Resources and TEAM Georgia, a safe and sober driving and boating coalition, are reminding people to refrain from or limit drinking alcohol while operating boats.
The marine environment, such as waves, engine noise, water, sun and wind, accelerates impairment and fatigue in recreational boaters.
This can quickly become a hazardous situation when such fatigue is combined with the effects of alcohol.
It is not illegal to have alcohol in an open container on a boat, nor is it illegal for a person operating a boat to drink, provided they are no less safe.
However, if a person is over the age of 21 and has a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher, they are presumed to be less safe and may be charged with boating under the influence.
People arrested for BUI may lose their privilege to operate a boat.
The offender will be charged with a misdemeanor, punishable with up to a $1,000 fine and/or up to 12 months in prison.
For more information, visit www.goboatgeorgia.com/boating/safety.