There is nothing better than a Saturday on the lake, enjoying great outdoors with your favorite friends on a motorboat or sailboat.
Many in South Carolina remember the tragic death of a 19-year-old woman who lost her life in a boating accident last summer. The case led to a great deal of debate within the state concerning laws that govern drunk boating, as well as other activities on the state's waterways what can be impacted by impairment. Now, lawmakers are poised to request a closer look at the matter and perhaps lead to legislative changes that could make it easier to charge and convict individuals who take to the water after drinking.
Most South Carolina residents are aware of state laws regarding driving under the influence. Those convicted of this type of activity may lose their driving privileges and face fines and/or jail time -- depending on the circumstances. Few people may realize that these same punishments can apply to those convicted of boating under the influence.
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.
South Carolina readers are likely aware of a recent boating accident that claimed the lives of two children. The story has received widespread media coverage, and has resulted in the arrest of the woman piloting the boat. She has been charged with driving under the influence with a water device causing death. The boating while impaired case has left the community in shock, and will likely raise awareness of the risks of being on the water.