DNR warns of OWI risk for boaters this summer
Get Your Free Case Review
Home | Drunk Driving Accidents | DNR warns of OWI risk for boaters this summer

DNR warns of OWI risk for boaters this summer

| Jun 17, 2013 | Drunk Driving Accidents

When most people in Wisconsin think about drunken driving, they typically think about a person driving a car. But as officers from the DNR point out, the legal limit for boaters is the same as any other recreational vehicle and can carry with it some of the same consequences as well.

According to statistics gathered by the U.S. Coast Guard, Wisconsin had the third highest number of alcohol-related boating deaths in 2012. And according to the Green Bay Press Gazette, that’s the same year a bill to stiffen penalties for drunken boaters failed to make it out of committee too. The reason? Some speculate that it’s because, unlike other states, Wisconsin does not apply the same penalties for drunken boaters as it does for other recreational vehicles. Some state representatives think that should change.

As State Representative Andre Jacque explained recently, there is no reason why penalties for drunken boaters should be any different from drunken drivers. Many other residents in the state agree; after all, alcohol-related accidents on the water can lead to just as fatal of outcomes as they can on the roads. “You’re presenting a risk not only to yourself, but to those around you and there’s serious consequences, I think, should follow from that,” Jacque says.

While boating OWIs may not go on a person’s driver’s license record or prevent a person from operating a boat again, officers from the DNR want to make it clear that anyone found to be operating a boat over the legal limit this summer can be fined and required to attend a mandatory boater’s safety course as well.  A small penalty, some say, for such negligent behavior.

Source: WQOW News, “Boating season comes with OWI risks,” Michael Crusan, May 28, 2013  

Archives

Categories

– Why Hire Nicolet Law? –

Get An Experienced Lawyer On Your Case

We’ve helped thousands of clients with a wide range of legal needs. Let us put the skills and experience we’ve gained along the way to work for you!

Get Our App!

Get our convenient, secure app to
send us legal documents and pay your bill. Available on the App Store and Google Play.

More Than

Million Recvered for our clients

Over

Clients Helped

More Than

Years In business

Over

Years of Combined Experience

What Our Clients Say About Us

powered by BirdEye

Awards & Recognition

Our peers and independent third-party organizations have recognized the hard work and dedication we put into every case. This has led to numerous awards and accolades.

From Our Blog

Road construction results in more dangerous roads

The summer season calls many people on to the streets. In addition to regular traffic, road tripping, family vacations, and...

Uninsured personal injury claims

Insurance is the safety-net that nearly anyone that becomes a victim of an accident needs to recover from the damages. The...

BSA Files for Bankruptcy Following Sex Abuse Scandal

Since its inception in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has become synonymous with American boyhood. In recent years,...

The Advantages of Hiring a Local Attorney

Who Needs an Attorney? Most people never think about needing an attorney. Nevertheless, situations will inevitably arise in...