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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 slow reaction time. Alcohol is a major contributor to boating accidents and fatalities.

It is unlawful for the owner or person in charge of a vessel to allow someone to operate the vessel if that person is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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.