Seafair, Seattle's month-long annual celebration, kicks off with Seafair weekend from August 2nd-4th. With a wide range of different events and activities for Washington residents of all ages to enjoy, the activity is sure to draw thousands to the Seattle area, including boaters looking to enjoy the festivities on the water. However, it is important to remember that this year's Seafair celebrations will coincide with the implementation of harsh new BUI laws aimed at stopping boating under the influence of alcohol (BUI).
Washington's new BUI laws, among other things, increase the maximum fines for a citation fivefold, allow for as many as 364 days in jail, and require boaters to submit to a breathalyzer test or risk facing thousands of dollars in fines. Additionally, penalties have been added for boat operators who are found to have more than 5 nanograms of THC in their system.
At the Cowan, Kirk & Gaston Law Firm, our attorneys know how badly a BUI conviction can affect an individual's life, and we are fully prepared to provide our experienced representation to anyone accused of this charge. Call us today at 866-822-1230 to learn more.