It is spring here in Louisiana, and as the weather improves, many people may be preparing to take to the state's waterways. As you prepare your boat for the season, you may also benefit from reacquainting yourself with the laws. One that many people tend to forget about is boating under the influence, which you may also forget is a real charge that can have real impacts on your life.
Ask perhaps anyone if driving while under the influence of alcohol is allowed, and most people would say "no." However, boating under the influence might be less clear. Many people in Louisiana enjoy going out on the water and enjoying a few beverages, but not everyone is aware of the potential legal implications of doing so.
Summer may be quickly coming to an end, and kids are already back in school. However, there are still plenty of pleasant weekends ahead for getting out on the water. While some in Louisiana may try to cram as much fun and enjoyment into these waning days of summer, boaters may do well to heed reminders about the dangers of boating under the influence.
For many people visiting Louisiana, taking a boat ride on a river is a relaxing, fun way to pass an afternoon. Unfortunately, such an activity turned into tragedy after a boating accident on a river reportedly resulted in the death of a young boy. Police claim that boating under the influence may have been a factor in the accident and have since made an arrest.
People in Louisiana love to get out on the water, especially over the holidays. Enjoying the waves, the sunshine and the outdoors is a significant part of the lifestyle of our state. However, some people may have a little too much to drink while out enjoying the waterways, and end up facing an accusation of boating under the influence.
As Louisiana residents have officially started their summer break activities, more people can be found out on their boats. It can be a great past time, but it can also be a dangerous one. The state Wildlife and Fisheries Department has recently issued a reminder about safety precautions everyone should take when enjoying time on the water. One involves drinking and driving. Boating under the influence is not only unsafe, it is illegal and can end up ruining more than just one's summer break if one is charged and convicted.
There are many Louisiana residents who may not be aware that operating a water vehicle while impaired by alcohol is considered illegal according to both state and federal laws. So, when someone is pulled over and arrested for boating under the influence (BUI), it is reasonable that he or she would have questions that need answers. This week's column with discuss a couple of common questions about BUI.
Spring is on the horizon, and for Louisiana boaters, that is very welcome news indeed. Thanks to the abundance of waterways throughout the state, we have ample opportunity to set sail and spend the day fishing, water skiing or just enjoying the company of family and friends.
There's nothing better than taking out the boat on a nice summer's day to do some fishing or just kick back and relax. Of course, bringing along a cooler of beer seems like a way to make the day even more relaxing. Unfortunately, rather than being able to unwind, you could be facing serious consequences if you're stopped and charged with boating under the influence. Law enforcement takes BUIs very seriously in the state of Louisiana, and that means you could be looking at hefty fines, jail time and the loss of your boating license.
Recently, major league baseball fans in Louisiana and around the world were startled to learn of a boating accident that took the life of pitcher Jose Fernandez. While initial indications are that alcohol did not appear to be a factor, the public can expect that toxicology reports will be released soon to confirm that the athlete and his companions were not boating under the influence. Nevertheless, the U.S. Coast Guard has issued a reminder of the dangers of alcohol use on the waters.