Rhode Island law prohibits anyone from boating while intoxicated (BWI). This includes the operation of any powerboat, sailboat, PWC, canoe, kayak, rowboat, paddleboard, or similar device. Intoxicated means a person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or drugs such that his or her thoughts or actions are impaired, causing a danger to others. 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.
Rhode Island law sets the blood alcohol limit for boating while intoxicated at 0.08% or greater.