Did you know you could be charged with a DUI for boating under the influence? 

A sail boat ran aground at Main Beach in Laguna this past Sunday.   Police arrived at the scene to find the sailor so intoxicated that he had passed out causing his sail boat to hit the shore.  The sailor was arrested booked at the Laguna Beach Jail. 

The same rules apply to driving a boat as they do to driving a car, or a bike.  You cannot drive a car or a boat, or a bike under the influence. If you are driving a boat or a car or a bike, make sure your blood alcohol level is within legal limits.  The legal limit for an adult is .08.  The legal limit for a person under 21 is .01.   However, you can be charged with a DUI in California even if your blood alcohol level is under .08.  If you display symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol even with a blood alcohol of .06 or .07, you can still be charged, particularly in Orange County.  That it is why it is particularly important to know that you do not have to do the field sobriety tests if asked to do so by police.  Politely decline and asked to be taken to the station for a test. 

You may think, “Hey, what are the chances of getting caught out on the open sea?” Well, here we have an example!  I’m sure this sailor thought he wouldn’t get caught.  Chances are he didn’t even think about it.  But, hopefully you will next time you’re out for a sail, or a bike ride.

The penalties for any type of DUI include steep fines, sometimes severe limitations on your driving privileges, attendance in alcohol programs, probation and possibly jail.   So please drive your boat and your bike and your car responsibly. 

If you are arrested for DUI call the Law Office of Diane C. Bass.