Most Maryland drivers are well aware that driving a car while intoxicated may result in charges of DUI (driving under the influence) or “drunk driving.” However, not all Maryland residents know that operating a boat with alcohol in one’s system might also result in criminal charges. Boating under the influence, or BUI, is a crime under Maryland law just like DUI.
The Maryland Natural Resources Police recently announced that arrests for BUI had dropped to an all-time low in 2011, down to just two percent of the causes of boating accidents. However, troopers caution that this doesn’t mean BUI is no longer a crime. Rather, they say it has to do with a decrease in the number of patrols in recent years.
In 2011, Maryland Natural Resources Police troopers issued citations to 124 boaters who were suspected of boating under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Just as in driving, the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit for boating is 0.08 percent, but a boater may be cited at a lower BAC if he or she clearly appears to be unable to control the boat properly. Since coordination and judgment are so important to operating a boat, the wisest course of action is never to drink while you are boating.
Whether you were in a car, boat, or other vehicle, if you’ve been charged with drunk driving, the experienced Clinton DUI defense attorneys at Alpert Schreyer can help. Call us today at (866) 444-6363 for a free, confidential case evaluation.