RI to Increase BUI Patrols

CG Busts Intoxicated Boater in MA
Photo illustration/New England Boating


EastBayRI.com reports that Rhode Island State Police and the RI Dept. of Environmental Management are increasing efforts to curb intoxicated boating. Both groups will have an increased presence and will be patrolling waterways throughout the state as they focus on impaired boat operators on weekends.

The effort is aimed at reducing the number of alcohol- and drug-related boat crashes and fatalities and making recreational boaters aware of the dangers of alcohol and drugs on the water.

According the Coast Guard, in 2014, nationwide, there were 4,064 crashes involving recreational boats that resulted in 610 deaths. In Rhode Island, there were 40 crashes resulting in 3 deaths in 2014.

The blood-alcohol limit in RI is .08%. An arrest and subsequent conviction of Boating Under the Influence will result in a fine of up to $500, community service and possible jail time. Offenders will also have their right to operate a watercraft suspended for up to 6 months.


Read more about efforts in RI to limit the number of alcohol and drug related accidents among boaters.