Alcohol and drugs cause impaired balance, blurred vision, poor coordination, impaired judgment, and slower reaction times. Alcohol is a major contributor to boating accidents and fatalities.
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.