OREGON -- The U.S. Coast Guard is reminding boaters that while National Safe Boating Week has passed, safe mariners should always practice proper boat operations.
The Coast Guard is advising summer recreationists that “boating under the influence can have serious consequences for vessel operators and passengers. As with operating a motor vehicle, operating a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol can have serious consequences and increases the likelihood of accidents afloat. Alcohol not only affects judgment but also vision, balance and coordination.”
The legal intoxication limits for operating under the influence of alcohol on Oregon waterways is a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 and under the influence of marijuana is 5.0 nanograms.
The law applies to all boats, motorized and non-motorized, including kayaks, canoes, rafts and paddle boards.
The penalty for violation of this law can be a gross misdemeanor charge punishable by up to a $5,000 fine and up to one year in jail.