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It's the Law

Alcohol and Drugs


Maine law prohibits anyone from operating or attempting to operate a vessel:

  • While under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs or a combination of liquor and drugs or …
  • While having 0.08% or more by weight of alcohol in his or her blood if 21 years of age or older or …
  • While having any amount of alcohol in his or her blood if under 21 years of age.

Anyone operating or attempting to operate a vessel while intoxicated is guilty of a criminal violation. Penalties include a fine, imprisonment, or both a fine and imprisonment.

By operating a vessel on Maine waters, you must complete a blood-alcohol test if requested by a law enforcement officer when:

  • The officer has probable cause to believe that you operated or attempted to operate a vessel while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or …
  • You were operating a vessel involved in an accident that resulted in the death of a person.
Boating while intoxicated arrest