Jeremy Thurman on May 27, 2011
For many, summer is associated with spending time at the lake with friends and family. This upcoming summer, Oklahomans who venture out to the lakes need to keep in mind a new law that was recently passed. A new Oklahoma law has lowered the blood alcohol limits for boat operators from 0.10 to 0.08 percent. This would bring the boating limit down to the same limit that applies to motorists. Under this law, it does not matter if the boat is anchored or is in motion. As long as a person has immediate access to the boat, they can be cited or arrested for boating under the influence. Also, just like automobile drivers, boaters must submit to the alcohol tests or face penalties. If convicted, someone could face misdemeanor penalties of up to $1,000. Subsequent convictions would be punishable up to a $2,500 fine.
This new limit is not the only important safety measure people should consider when heading out to the lake this summer. While the new law is designed to make boating a safer activity, lake goers need to be aware of their entire surroundings. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has encouraged people to “Think Five and Stay Alive”, which are five important water safety tips to remember when boating or swimming.
Important boating information can be found in the Oklahoma Boating Handbook.