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.