North Carolina law prohibits anyone from boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This includes operating any boat, sailboat, PWC, 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 times. 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.