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What Are Georgia's BUI Laws?

Driving a car under the influence of alcohol isn’t the only way to get into a fatal accident. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 50 percent of all boating fatalities each year are attributed to alcohol. In fact, the U.S. Coast Guard warns that alcohol is more dangerous on water than it is on land. Anyone who goes boating on Lake Lanier knows these statements to be true.

After last year’s deadly boating accidents, a state legislator has taken it upon himself to introduce a new bill to improve boating safety.

Republican State Senator Butch Miller introduced Senate Bill 136, named after Kile Glover and Jake and Giffin Prince, three casualties of Lake Lanier last summer. The latter two were young boys, killed in 2012 when a drunk boater crashed into their pontoon.

Boating under the influence (BUI) is a crime. But many don't realize that. Boating is often seen as a form of summer recreation. And with summer recreation, comes drinking. So many tend to forget the dangers of boating while under the influence of alcohol.

The Georgia Boat Safety Act makes it illegal for anyone over 21-years-old to operate a boat with a BAC of 0.10 or higher. The law makes it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to operate a boat with a BAC of 0.02 or higher. The new bill would bring the illegal BAC down to 0.08 percent, in line with current Georgia BAC limits for DUIs.

Another part of this proposed BUI legislation would limit the age of the driver. Those between the ages of 12 and 15 would not be allowed to operate the vessel without adult supervision.

Boating under the influence of alcohol is dangerous and can be fatal. The consequences are dangerous yet often neglected, as people tend to focus on the dangers of drinking and driving.

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