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Boating under the influence arrest

North Carolina law prohibits anyone from boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This includes operating any boat, sailboat, personal watercraft, water skis, a surfboard, or similar device while under the influence. 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.

  • You are considered to be boating while under the influence of alcohol if your blood alcohol concentration is 0.08% or greater.
  • Significant fines and, in some cases, jail time can result if you are arrested and convicted for boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.