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Vermont law prohibits anyone from boating while intoxicated (BWI)—that is, operating a vessel while intoxicated due to alcohol, drugs, or any combination of alcohol and 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.

Vermont law states that a person is considered to be intoxicated if he or she:

  • Has a concentration of alcohol in his or her blood of 0.08% or more based upon a chemical analysis of breath or blood or …
  • Is under the influence of intoxicating liquor or …
  • Is under the influence of any other drug or combination of alcohol and drugs to a degree that he or she is incapable of operating safely.
Don't drink and boat!
The best thing you can do for your safety and the safety of your passengers and other boaters is simple—Don’t drink and boat!