Boating While Intoxicated
Boating can be a great way to spend quality time with your family and friends. However, although not
restricted to particular lanes and paths as cars are, boats are still motor vehicles that require a
high level of competence from the driver. If you have been drinking alcohol during your relaxing day
out on the lake, it is important to remember that Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) is still crime that
can result in serious penalties, as well as serious injuries to others.
Even though boaters are not subjected to the same extensive traffic laws as drivers are on the road,
intoxicated boaters still pose a threat to passengers on board as well as passengers on other boats.
It is illegal to operate a boat while legally intoxicated in Iowa. Additionally, it is illegal to operate
any motor vehicle, as well as any device such as water skis or a surfboard, while over the legal limit.
Just like on the highway, law enforcement officers on the water may administer sobriety tests to boaters
they presume to be intoxicated.
The maximum allowable blood alcohol content for a boat operator is 0.10%, slightly higher than what
is permissible on the roadway. If a boat operator is over this limit, he or she may be charged with
a BWI. A BWI conviction comes with penalties such as fines or even jail time. Refusing to submit to
a sobriety test can add additional charges.
Boating accidents can have tragic results because of the threat of drowning. If you or a loved one has
been involved in a boating accident caused by someone operating his or her boat under the influence
of drugs or alcohol, you may be able to gain compensation for your losses. >contact the Iowa boating accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. today at 877-327-2600 to discuss your situation and your