Florida’s Drinking and Open Container Laws While Boating

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Open Container Laws While Boating

We all know the incredible dangers that come with drinking and driving; the risks of arrest, property damage, and serious personal injury or even death. Yet, even with these risks widely known, there were still 676 drunk driving fatalities last year in the state of Florida alone. Now that we’re deep into the summer months, many people are trading time on the road with time on the water, enjoying the many great boating and fishing spots all over the Central Florida area.

With that in mind, there are some key Florida laws and independent regulations that you should know before drinking and boating.

  • Boating under the influence is against the law. Just like driving under the influence, if you test at or higher than a .08 while operating a vessel, you are breaking the law.
  • Open container laws are not as simple as you think. In open water, open container laws are ineffective. However, in many private waters you may be ticketed if open alcohol containers are not allowed on that property.
  • Being convicted of boating under the influence is a serious offense. For your first conviction, you face up to $1,000 in fines and 6 months of jail time. By your third violation, you could face up to 12 months of imprisonment.

The safe bet? If you want to enjoy some drinks, do so on the mainland with a designated driver. It is not worth the fines, serious jail time, injuries or deaths that can be caused by letting your summer fun turn reckless while out boating.

If you, a friend or loved one is injured due to the recklessness of an intoxicated boater, please do not hesitate to contact us to speak with an attorney at 407-841-7699. For additional resources, keep checking our blog, LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more helpful hints and to always be informed about best practices in law.

 

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