South Carolina has some of the nation's most beautiful waterways, including access to rivers, lakes and the Atlantic ocean. Many residents take advantage of the opportunity to spend time on the water by boating, and invite friends and families along to enjoy the experience. As is often the case, social gatherings can include the use of alcohol, which can pose risks to those on the water. It is important for people to become educated on the dangers of boating under the influence.
A recent report looks at statistics surrounding the issue of boating safety, and found that South Carolina is among the states with the highest levels of boating deaths across the nation, ranking fourth. In some cases, these fatal accidents were linked to the use of alcohol by the individual operating the vessel. Statistics suggest that boating under the influence played a role in as many as 16 percent of fatal boating accidents.