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Maryland law prohibits anyone from boating under the influence (BUI). This includes operating any vessel while under the influence of or impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. 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.

Maryland law states that a person is considered to be boating under the influence (BUI) if he or she:

  • Has a blood or breath alcohol concentration of 0.08% or greater or…
  • Is impaired by alcohol or…
  • Is so far impaired by any drug, combination of drugs, or combination of one or more drugs and alcohol that he or she cannot operate a vessel safely or…
  • Is impaired by any controlled dangerous substance.
Don't drink and boat
The best thing you can do for your safety and the safety of your passengers and other boaters is simple—
Don't drink and boat!