All over the country, states are discussing stricter boating laws, and a new law has been passed in Iowa that lowers the legal blood-alcohol content for boaters to .08. This is the same legal limit for drunk drivers.
A stipulation of the law is that the boat has to be moving in order for a person to be charged with boating under the influence. The law was created following a rise in fatal boating accidents in Iowa over the past ten years.
Those in favor of the stricter boating law have said that some boats can travel as fast as cars, and so drivers of boats should be subject to the same laws that effect drivers operating a vehicle. As of now, Washington has not passed any new boating laws.
If you or someone you love has been charged with boating under the influence, please contact the Seattle BUI lawyers of the Cowan Kirk Gaston Law Firm at 866-822-1230.