The division’s spokesman Mark McKinnon mentioned there was no crackdown on the lake this previous weekend and no particular emphasis to catch boaters underneath the affect.
“They simply caught extra impaired operators than common,” McKinnon mentioned. “I hope it demonstrates that we’ll not tolerate drunk boating. It’s simply too harmful.”
However what are the legal guidelines relating to alcohol and boating?
What if I’m not steering the boat?
McKinnon mentioned passengers on boats who’re 21 or older can have a blood alcohol content material over .08, which is the authorized restrict for drivers on the street and on the open water.
If the individual working the boat is over .08, it’s thought-about boating underneath the affect. When the boat driver is underneath 21, the restrict is .02.
That runs the gamut from speedboats to Jet Skis to sailboats to sailboards.
McKinnon mentioned it’s not relevant for individuals floating in inflatable tubes. A 2016 invoice made that change so long as the do-it-yourself or inflatable rafts are used “not more than 100 ft from shore on a lake, pond, or different non-flowing physique of water,” in accordance with the regulation’s revision.
“Nevertheless, the sport wardens can arrest somebody for public drunkenness in the event that they imagine the individual is creating an unsafe or hostile scenario for themselves or others,” McKinnon mentioned.
Alcohol will not be allowed at most parks on Lake Lanier.
What are the results if I get caught?
Past placing different individuals’s security in peril, individuals arrested for boating underneath the affect will be charged with a misdemeanor. Misdemeanors in Georgia are punishable with a most $1,000 tremendous, a most yr behind bars or each.
DNR mentioned individuals arrested for boating underneath the affect could lose their privilege to “function a ship or private watercraft till they full a DUI alcohol or drug use threat discount program permitted by the Division of Driver Companies.”
Additionally, if there’s a baby underneath the age of 14 onboard when the individual is boating underneath the affect, the operator can face a cost of endangering a toddler.