Boating Under the Influence A Big Problem
When people think of getting in trouble for drinking and operating a vehicle, they automatically think about driving a car under the influence of alcohol, or DUI. But the famous DUI now has some competition, the BUI or boating under the influence. According to news reports boating while intoxicated has started to become a significant problem across the country and that is no different Utah. Utah’s BUI statute reads very similar to the DUI and can have similar consequences. The legal Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level is .08 grams per liter for both charges, and the arresting officer is authorized to seize the vehicle, in the case of boating that includes the boat, the trailer, and the towing vehicle.
The Spirit of the Law
It’s important to remember the reason behind DUI or BUI statutes, which is public safety. Whether you’re in a car or a boat, operating a vehicle while intoxicated can be dangerous or deadly, to you, your passengers, and those on the water or roadways. Hopefully, we all choose the route of safety and avoid DUI or BUI charges by not operating vehicles while intoxicated. However, if you have been charged with DUI or BUI contact the lawyers at Provo DUI Defense, and we’ll make sure that your rights are protected. 801.900.3371