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California Boating Accidents and BUI Laws

California Boating Accidents and BUI Laws

Fourth of July weekend is a time when thousands of Southern California residents head out on their boats and watercraft.

What many people don’t know is that California law makes it illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol, much the same as it’s illegal to operate a car while under the influence.

California’s Harbors and Navigation Code Section 655 forbids a boat operator to operate a watercraft with a BAC of .08% or higher.

An operator of a commercial water vessel must maintain a BAC of .04% or lower.

It’s also illegal for a watercraft operator to negligently injure someone else while under the influence of alcohol.

Remember that if you’re enjoying drinks while on the water, you must designate a sober operator of your particular water vessel.

If you’re the victim of someone else’s negligence while on a boat, or the victim of someone who was BUI–boating under the influence– the Rabbi Lawyer is ready to assist, 24/6.