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Officer testing for sobriety
By operating a vessel on Mississippi waters, you have consented to be tested for alcohol or drugs if requested by a law enforcement official. If you refuse, you will be subject to arrest and punishment consistent with the penalties described above and lose your privilege of operating a vessel for at least one year.

The Mississippi Alcohol Boating Safety Act establishes the following penalties.

  • Those arrested and convicted of boating while intoxicated may be fined up to $1,000 and jailed for two days for a first conviction.
  • Upon a second conviction within five years, a person may be fined and jailed, and also will lose the privilege of operating a vessel for one year. More severe penalties exist for additional convictions.
  • A person boating while intoxicated who causes the death or serious injury of another person will, upon conviction, be guilty of a felony.