Oklahoma Senate Bill Lowers Legal Alcohol Limit for Boaters

March 13, 2009

Legislation that would lower the legal blood alcohol concentration limit for the offense of boating under the influence from 0.10 percent to 0.08 percent has been approved by the Oklahoma Senate. The measure would also prohibit children under the age of 12 from operating personal watercraft.
Sen. Bill Brown, R-Broken Arrow, author of Senate Bill 902, said the Legislature needed to add teeth to the state’s boating laws in order to reduce watercraft-related accidents and deaths.

Brown noted that alcohol use is the leading factor in fatal boating accidents, including several high-profile Oklahoma cases in recent years.

Senate Bill 902 now advances to the House for consideration.

Source: Oklahoma Senate

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