Coast Guard Cracking Down on California Boating Under the Influence

Posted By Thomas V. Wallin || 6-Jul-2011

California BUI As summer officially begins, California boaters should be aware that the Coast Guard is cracking down on boaters who may be under the influence. As part of their Operation Dry Water program, the Coast Guard will be increasing patrols from Dana Point to Moro Bay, NBC Los Angeles reports.

While most people are familiar with the laws governing California DUI, the rules and regulations regarding boating under the influence, or BUI, are much less understood.

Below are several keys facts about boating under the influence that you may not know:

  • Unlike police, Coast Guard officers say they don't need probable cause. They can climb aboard any boat, at any time, in US waters.
  • Like police, the Coast Guard carries breathalyzers, and can test for blood alcohol levels.
  • The legal limit of 0.08% applies to California boaters as well.
  • The consequences faced by those arrested for California boating under the influence include fines, jail time, and probation

We encourage all California boaters to operate their vessels responsibly this summer. Unfortunately, the Coast Guard reported 672 deaths from boating accidents last year alone, of which 20% were due to alcohol.

If you are charged with California DUI or California BUI, it is imperative to consult with an experienced California DUI defense attorney who can help you determine your legal options.