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It's the Law

Alcohol and Drugs


Louisiana law prohibits anyone from operating a vessel of any kind while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.

A person is considered to be intoxicated if he or she:

  • Has a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or greater and is 21 years of age or older or…
  • Has a blood alcohol concentration of 0.02% or greater and is under 21 years of age.

The law also prohibits the owner or person in charge of a vessel from knowingly allowing a person who is intoxicated or under the influence of drugs to operate the vessel.

Penalties for operating a vessel of any kind while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs include a fine of up to $1,000, imprisonment up to six months, or both.

By operating a vessel on Louisiana waters, you have consented to be tested for alcohol or drugs if arrested by a law enforcement officer.

Any arrest for DUI while boating will affect your automobile driving privileges.

Persons operating a vehicle or vessel who commit a DUI offense and have their automobile driver’s license suspended or revoked also will have their boating privileges suspended or revoked.

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Just remember this simple rule: Don’t Drink and Boat!