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What are the dangers associated with intoxicated boating?

On Behalf of | Jan 17, 2020 | Boating Accidents

Boating while intoxicated is prohibited in the state of New York. Anyone who is suspected of operating a water vessel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol may have their operator privileges suspended, be fined or imprisoned.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation argues that an individual’s mere consumption of a small amount of alcohol can adversely impact their motor skills. Substances like this most affect an individual’s judgment, coordination and balance. Environmental stressors can only exacerbate these concerns.

You may have difficulty climbing the ladder to get on the bridge, tracking objects that are in motion or assessing distance or speed if you consume alcohol or drugs before getting behind the wheel of a boat. You may even struggle to locate a life preserver if your boat were to capsize. You could lose your bearings if you were forced to enter the water while intoxicated. This all could put you and your passengers at risk for more serious injuries or death.

Other maritime behaviors that are illegal in New York include bow riding. This activity is unlawful unless a water vessel has an open bow where passengers can congregate. One of the reasons that this behavior is prohibited in the state is because it can cause an individual riding the bow to be thrown overboard if the boat makes a sharp turn or hits a wave.

You may be fined or charged with a criminal offense if you overpower the water vessel’s engine or carry more passengers than what the manufacturer’s recommendations calls for.

There are speeding laws that exist in New York that you as a boat operator must abide by. How fast that you can go varies depending on how close your boat is to shore.

Recreational boating accidents are often deadly. Intoxicated or otherwise reckless boat operators are often to blame for these types of incidents. If you’ve been injured in a boat accident, then you likely have significant medical costs. An attorney in Manhattan can help you recover compensation for the bills that have come in already and others that you’re sure to amass in the future here in New York.