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The impact of boating under the influence

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is extremely dangerous, as this impairs a person's ability to make sound decisions. But have you ever thought about the impact of boating under the influence? This is exactly what it sounds like: You take control of a boat after you have had too much to drink.

The penalties for boating under the influence are steep. Not only can this lead to serious jail terms, but you may lose your operator privileges while also being hit with a large fine.

And of course, there is something else to consider: Boating under the influence could lead to an accident. If you cause a boat accident, the end result could be serious injury or death.

When you are on the water, when you are operating a boat, it is essential to make good decisions at all times. Alcohol makes it difficult to do so because your cognitive abilities are impacted. This makes it a challenge to make safe decisions.

Furthermore, alcohol can have an impact on your physical performance. This can include but is not limited to a lack of coordination and balance issues.

It can be a lot of fun to go boating, but you must realize the risks associated with drinking on the water. The more knowledge you have the greater chance there is that you will avoid trouble.

Due to the increase in incidents of boating under the influence, law enforcement is beginning to crack down on those who have consumed alcohol on the water. This often leads to a situation in which a person is charged in South Carolina with a crime he or she did not commit.

Source: BUI Initiatives, "U.S. Coast Guard's Boating Safety Division," accessed March 15, 2016

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