The Handbook of Wisconsin Boating Laws and Responsibilities
The Official Boating Handbook of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Web Version
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Wisconsin law prohibits anyone from operating a motorboat or manipulating water skis or similar devices while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Alcohol and drugs cause impaired balance, blurred vision, poor coordination, impaired judgment, and slower reaction times.
Anyone who operates or attempts to operate a vessel is deemed to have given consent to an alcohol and/or drug test.
It is illegal for a person to operate a motorboat or use water skis, a surfboard, or other device if he or she:
- Is under the influence of an intoxicant or a controlled substance or…
- Has a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or greater.
Just remember this simple rule: Don’t Drink and Boat!