BUI = DUI
Boating and alcohol can be a deadly mix. A boater is likely to become impaired more quickly than an automobile driver, and even moderate drinking can cause significant impairment on the water. The environmental stressors of the marine environment – motion, vibration, engine noise, sun, wind, and spray – accelerate the impairing effects of alcohol. These stressors cause fatigue that makes a boater’s coordination, judgment and reaction time decline even faster when consuming alcohol.
Every boater needs to understand the risk of boating under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. It is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs in every state, and the penalties for BUI can include large fines, revocation of operator privileges and serious jail terms.