Boating Under the Influence
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For many years, boating under the influence, or BUI, was a simple misdemeanor with very minor penalties. Washington lawmakers changed that, however, in 2013 and made BUI a gross misdemeanor. Now, not only do implied consent-like laws apply to BUI suspects, but a conviction can lead to significant fines and even jail time.
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BUI Penalties & Distinctions
RCW 79A.60.040 describes the offense of "operation of a vessel in a reckless manner," including while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Boat operators are held under the same restrictions as motorists and can be charged with BUI if their alcohol concentration is detected to be 0.08 or higher. If convicted, the accused faces up to $5000 in fines and one year in jail.
Other important BUI factors:
- Unlike DUI, there is no license suspension associated with BUI charges.
- BUI convictions do count as "prior" DUI charges if the accused is later charged with drunk driving.
- If a boat operator refuses a breath test, they are subject to a $1000 civil penalty (instead of implied consent license suspension).
- Boat operator blood tests that indicate a THC concentration (marijuana) of 5.00 or higher can also result in a BUI charge.
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