School is out and summer has begun, so many people are heading for the water. With the hot Arizona sun beating down, nothing is more fun than floating on a boat at the lake. Every year an estimated 74 million people that take to the waterways of America to feed their passion for sun and water. Boating can be designated include motor boating, jet skiing, motorized rafting, canoe trips, sailing, kayaking, paddle sports, scenic floats, tubing and whitewater rafting. Every day, people enjoy the sun and water from some type of boating craft, and many of these people like to combine alcohol with their activities. Unfortunately, boating under the influence or "BUI" can have some serious and unintended consequences.
Boating While Intoxicated: Arizona Law Is Clear
Many basic rules of the road are also applicable to boating. Drinking and driving is one example of a law that has transitioned from the highways to the waterways. In many states it is against the law to drink alcohol and drive a boat, and Arizona is no exception. Many law enforcement agencies are partnering with the Arizona Department of Public Safety to get impaired drivers off the roads and waterways. Law enforcement agencies will not only be patrolling the streets but will have officers out on the lakes and rivers in order to identify impaired boat operators.