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Don’t be another statistic

Boating under the influence (BUI)…it’s serious.
The Penalties.
Every boater needs to understand the risks of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in every state. The Coast Guard also enforces a federal law that prohibits BUI. This law pertains to ALL boats (from john boats to the largest ships) – and includes foreign vessels that operate in U.S. waters, as well as U.S. vessels on the high seas.

The Perils.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, alcohol is a major factor in as much as 50 percent of all recreational boating fatalities. The Coast Guard says a boater with a blood alcohol concentration above .10 percent – the legal threshold in 38 states – is ten times more likely to be killed in a boating accident than a boater with zero BAC. No matter what activity, alcohol affects balance, vision, coordination and judgment. But in boating, a combination of wind, sun, noise, motion and vibration can magnify the effects of alcohol and even accelerate impairment.

The Pain.
Losing a loved one, especially in a situation that seems preventable like BUI, is a devastating experience. Coping with this trauma is much worse than boating soberly. Alcohol can turn a great day on the water into the tragedy of a lifetime. Do not become another statistic. Don’t forget that a boat is a vehicle, and safe operation is a legal and personal responsibility.

Team Latitude
Latitude Powerboats
Miami

Comments

One comment on “Don’t be another statistic

  1. Bill Lindsey

    It seems that it should be common sense to not mix drinking and operating a boat, but we all know that is not the case. Just as a designated driver makes sense on the road, a designated “boat operator” (I’m sorry, but the term “skipper” is just too lame and sounds like a hairdresser’s nickname – not that there’s anything wrong with that) makes even more sense, since we can get into way more trouble out on he water than on dry land. Kudos to Team Latitude for bringing this topic to the forefront.

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