Boaters and alcohol don't mix
It's being engrained in the minds of boaters this summer that BUI's are possible. A "boating under the influence" charge can bring harsh punishment, and conservation officers conducted an annual crackdown over the weekend. Officers were out looking for boaters with blood alcohol levels that exceed the limit of .08 percent. The Coast Guard has said recreational boating deaths are up, and as of last year reached their highest level since 1998. Even though the crackdown is over, law enforcement officers are still watching the water.