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Oregon law prohibits anyone from boating under the influence of intoxicants (BUII)—that is, operating any boat while intoxicated due to alcohol or any combination of alcohol, controlled substance, 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.

Boating under the influence arrest

Oregon law states the following.

  • No person under the influence of alcohol or drugs shall operate, propel, or be in actual physical control of any boat.
  • A boater who shows signs of impairment from alcohol or drugs—even some prescription drugs—can be arrested for Boating Under the Influence of Intoxicants (BUII).
  • Using recreational marijuana (smoking or using any marijuana products) is illegal in boats on public waterways.
  • Any person operating a boat on Oregon waters has given consent to submit to field sobriety and breath tests if the officer has probable cause to believe that he or she is impaired.
  • A boater with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or more is considered to be under the influence.
  • A boater who shows signs of impairment but doesn’t meet the .08% BAC may be required to provide a blood sample to test for other impairing substances.