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Officer testing for sobriety

By operating a vessel on Iowa waters, you have given “implied” consent to alcohol testing. For a first offense of refusing to be tested, you can be fined up to $500 and lose your operating privileges for up to one year.

Iowa law establishes the following penalties for boating while intoxicated.

  • Upon a first conviction, a person may be fined up to $1,000, jailed for at least 48 hours, and prohibited from operating a vessel for one year.
  • Upon a second conviction, a person may be fined up to $5,000, jailed for at least 7 days, and prohibited from operating a vessel for two years.
  • Upon the third and subsequent convictions, a person may be fined up to $7,500, jailed for up to one year, and prohibited from operating a vessel for six years.
  • In addition, persons convicted of BWI will be assigned to substance abuse evaluation/treatment and must attend a course for drinking drivers.
  • Persons convicted of BWI who caused the death or injury of someone will receive severe penalties in addition to those above.