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Officer testing for sobriety

Tennessee law establishes the following penalties.

  • Those convicted of boating under the influence are subject to a fine of up to $2,500 upon a first or second offense, and up to $5,000 for the third offense.
  • In addition, those convicted of BUI may receive a jail sentence of up to one year (with mandatory probation) and lose operating privileges for one to ten years.
  • Federal penalties also may be imposed.

By operating a vessel on Tennessee waters, you have consented to a sobriety test if requested by a law enforcement officer. Refusal to be tested is a separate offense and may result in loss of operating privileges for up to six months.