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Minnesota law prohibits anyone from boating while intoxicated (BWI)—that is, operating a motorboat while under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or other illegal chemical. Alcohol and drugs cause impaired balance, blurred vision, poor coordination, impaired judgment, and slower reaction time. Alcohol is a major contributor to boating accidents and fatalities.

Minnesota law states that a person is considered to be boating while intoxicated (BWI) if he or she:

  • Has a blood or breath alcohol concentration of 0.08 or greater or …
  • Is under the influence of alcohol or …
  • Is under the influence of a controlled substance or any other illegal chemical.

It is illegal for the owner of a motorboat to knowingly allow the boat to be operated by someone under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or any other illegal chemical.