Drinking and Boating Dangerous Combination

Written by on July 2, 2019

To keep boaters safe on the water for Independence Day, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department asks adults to be mindful of alcohol consumption.

Alcohol use is a leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths and boating crashes, and as of July 1, 2019, the blood alcohol concentration limit of someone operating motorized boats is 0.08 percent, the same as operating a motor vehicle.

Aaron Kerr, Game and Fish law enforcement coordinator, says boating impaired can put everyone at risk, and is as deadly as driving under the influence. He points out that at any given moment there are individuals in the water, on paddle boards or in other boats who trust boat operators to be alert and in control of their vessel.

Game and Fish encourages boaters to avoid drinking alcohol while on the water or operating a boat after you have consumed alcohol. Use of both legal and illegal drugs also impairs judgment and reaction time and makes it dangerous to operate a boat.

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