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Alcohol & Boating

Boating and alcohol update.

Operation Dry Water. Washington State law enforcement agencies will participate in “Operation Dry Water” on June 27 – June 29th. Marine patrols will contact boaters and warn operators about the legal consequences of boating under the influence (BUI). Contacts may also include equipment and safety inspections. In 2013, “Operation Dry Water” resulted in 3,908 boater … Continue reading »

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Washington State BUI Statute

Washington State’s New “Drunk Boating” Statute is Now in Effect.  Big Changes are Now if Effect.    The Washington Legislature enacted new boating safety laws in 2013.  Included in the enactment are amendments to RCW 79A.60 (Regulation of Recreational Vessels) The new amendments place new restrictions and penalties governing alcohol consumption while operating a vessel.  … Continue reading »

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What should I know about consuming alcohol while we are boating?

Alcohol consumption and cruising go hand in hand for many people.  A cold beer on a sunny day or a cocktail or glass of wine in the evening can enhance a nice day on the water.  But beware, there are specific laws that prohibit operating a boat while intoxicated and the penalties can be severe. … Continue reading »

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