Last week, Seattle attorney Chris Davis and the Davis Law Group issued a nationwide news release urging boaters to appoint a designated boat driver for the ever-popular Seafair weekend in Seattle.
Although there were a significant number of irresponsible and impaired drivers on boats on the water during Seafair, the Mercer Island Police Department (MIPD) says the overall statistics were positive. The department cited a total of 66 boaters for Boating Under the Influence (BUI) this year, fewer than the total in 2011.
“What that tells us is that we’ve gotten the word out the last couple of years,” sayas Leslie Burns of the MIPD. “We encountered an awful lot of designated drivers on boats that were out there so we were really, really pleased with those numbers.”
Burns said the department was actively keeping an eye out for boats that were overloaded with passengers or driving erratically. Boaters can be cited for BUI if their blood-alcohol content is above .08, the same threshold for motor vehicles on roadways.
“I don’t think that [people] realize that there’s the same threshold for operating a boat that we have for operating a vehicle on a roadway,” Burns added. She said many times boaters are surprised to learn they can be arrested for BUI.
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