What Does the Law Say About Boating and Drinking?
Boating under the influence laws have changed. A few weeks ago, BUI was changed from a misdemeanor (90 days in jail/$1000 fine) to a gross misdemeanor (364 days in jail/$5000 fine), bringing it more inline with a DUI, and the 0.08 limit was expanded to include the 5ng for THC. However, unlike the driving crime, there's no administrative action by the Department of Licensing ... yet. The BUI statute also includes the same implied consent found in the DUI law - that anyone who operates a vessel in the state of Washington is deemed to have given consent to a test or tests of a person's breath or blood for the purposes of determining alcohol, THC, or drug concentration. A refusal cannot be used against you in a criminal trial, but you can be subjected to a $1000 civil penalty for having refused. More changes to the BUI laws discussed in the podcast!