With summer here, Georgia residents and out-of-state visitors have taken their boats out onto Georgia's many lakes and rivers. They all like to have a good time-whether fishing, skiing, or relaxing.
While boating recreation often involves food, fishing and good company of friends and family, it also frequently involves alcohol and sometimes other drugs. For those boaters out there, you should know that the same DUI laws applicable to motor vehicles apply the same to boats. You could be subject to a felony and all of its consequences upon arrest for and conviction of driving a boat while under the influence of alcohol (or "BUI").
In the State of Georgia, it is unlawful to operate a vessel subject to registration on public waters while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or with a blood alcohol content greater than .08%.
Boating under the influence: Don't do it!
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