It is no secret that driving while under the influence (DUI) can have serious consequences. To help protect the other drivers on the road, those convicted typically have their license suspended or revoked. However, under Florida law, there is little preventing someone convicted of a DUI from turning around and getting behind the wheel of a boat. This is exactly what has been happening throughout the state, with innocent Floridians paying the price. Many recent fatalities due to boating under the influence (BUI) have been caused by drivers who have multiple DUI convictions on their record.
Last year, an effort by congress sought to strengthen the legal protections against drunk driving and boating related accidents. A proposed Bill would have linked convictions for DUI and BUI, ensuring that any past convictions for either charge would be taken into account for future convictions, both on the road and on the water. The proposed changes were ultimately rejected and currently, there are no legal ties between the two charges.
Many people may not realize the risk that they are taking when they have a drink or two and get behind the wheel of a boat. According to the U.S Coast Guard Boating Safety Division, alcohol is among the leading causes of boating accident fatalities in the United States. In addition to dangers from blunt impacts and collisions, boaters must also worry about the very real risk of drowning. Statistics released by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have named falling overboard as the number one cause of death in boating accidents year after year. Despite the dangers involved, alcohol continues to play a role in a substantial number of accidents while on the water.
Injured By an Intoxicated Boat Operator?
Boating under the influence is a serious criminal offense and if you have been injured by a drunk driver, do not hesitate to call Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC. Our Martin County boating accident attorneys possess over 70 years of collective legal experience and have recovered millions of dollars for our clients. We understand the physical and emotional toll experiencing an injury can take, which is why we strive to make ourselves available to clients 24/7 and if you can’t come to us, we may be able to come to you.
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