Before you and your family head to one of the many lakes in Arizona, remember that drinking and boating is no different than drinking and driving.
Everyone is aware of DUIs, but are you knowledgeable when it comes to OUIs? Operating under the influence, also known as OUI, can have severe consequences. Arizona’s OUI laws are among the toughest in the country and are something you should be well informed on. 133 arrests were made last year for OUIs in Maricopa County alone according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. Prevent this from happening to you or someone you know by educating yourself on the strict OUI laws.
If you are charged with an OUI, the penalties start with up to six months in jail, a mandatory alcohol-education class and a fine of up to $4,600. If your blood alcohol content (BAC) is more than .15, you will be receive a minimum of thirty days in jail in addition to a much higher fine. Keep in mind that these penalties are just for first-time offenses. Save yourself some money this summer and more importantly, save a life, don’t OUI.
Back in 2008, Arizona Governor Napolitano signed the bill that made OUI’s have the same penalties as DUI’s. The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD) since has partnered with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in developing media campaign’s.
Drinking while Boating Facts
Below is a video from the Arizona Game and Fish Department about drinking while Boating.
Always practice safe boating by following the rules of the water and also be aware that there may be impaired boaters out there. Before leaving land, be sure to have enough life vests for each person on your boat as well as a life preserver ring in the event that a person falls into the water and needs help.