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Operating Under the Influence (OUI)


Many people think that drinking and driving is acceptable when behind the wheel of a boat. However, in Arizona the same consequences apply whether you are boating or driving a vehicle. Under both situations a blood alcohol content of 0.08% is considered the legal limit.

In Arizona, most of the lakes are outside city jurisdiction and fall into the hands of the Arizona Game and Fish Department as well as County Sherriff’s Officers. They strive to keep our water ways safe for all boaters and recreationalists. They often setup OUI task forces on busy weekends and may stop any boat at any time to verify proper safety measures are in place. They take operating under the influence seriously, which is why you need to make sure you have a designated driver.

Quick Facts:

  • Nearly half of all fatal boating accidents are drug and alcohol related.
  • There are more fatalities from boating than accidents on airplanes and trains.
  • The second most common scene for a fatality in the US is a body of water.
  • Alcohol is absorbed by the body much quicker when boating due to the motion of the water the direct sunlight, and the reflection of the sun off the water.
  • Drivers of most boats usually have far less experience behind the wheel of a boat which means that alcohol can influences their skills easier.
  • Unlike car crashes boaters who are intoxicated are over ten times more likely to die.

There are over 60,000 non-fatal boat related accidents, caused by intoxicated drivers in the US each year. These accidents cause more than $240 million in costs.

Operating under the influence of alcohol or another controlled substance endangers everyone on the water. While many intoxicated people involved in vehicle crashes escape with minor injuries, most on the water drown. When you are knocked out of the boat and are unable to use proper motor skills to stay afloat your chances of survival are limited.

People fail to recognize the seriousness of drinking and operating any vehicle or machinery. If you or someone you know suffers from OUI charges contact Naegle & Crider Criminal Defense Attorneys. We are experts in DUI and OUI cases and can help.

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