It’s summertime in Michigan, and summer for Michiganders usually consists of time spent on one of the many lakes in our state. Before going out and enjoying your time, it’s important that you know the risks associated with drinking and boating.
Much like drinking and driving a motor vehicle, it is also a crime in Michigan to operate a motorboat while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, or even to allow someone to operate your motorboat while under the influence.
The statute regarding operating a motorboat while under the influence is fairly consistent with the standard operating while intoxicated statute. If you are under the influence, have a BAC of .08 or more, or have any amount of a controlled substance in your body, you may be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by 93 days in jail, community service, and/or fines and costs. If you allow someone to operate a motorboat under the same circumstances discussed above, you may also be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by 93 days in jail and/or fines and costs.
Note, there are also enhanced punishments for multiple convictions of this crime.
Enjoy your summer, but be responsible when it comes to drinking and boating.
If you or someone you know has been convicted of operating a motorboat while under the influence, contact our office for help.