Boating Under the Influence, "BUI's" Still Hard to Prevent
We have all heard numerous messages regarding drinking and driving, but boating under the influence is still a major concern in Florida. Florida has more boat crashes and water accidents than any other state and it has been estimated that one in four fatal boating accidents are caused by intoxication or drug use. Some of the reasons why BUI's (Boating Under the Influence) are so hard to prevent are listed below:
Lack of Awareness: Many organizations have worked to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving and young drivers are urged not to drink and drive. There is much less social pressure to avoid BUI's and less awareness of the problem.
Sense of Imbalance: According to the U.S. Coast Guard, an ear imbalance brought about by intoxication can make it difficult for a person to tell the difference between up and down. This imbalance can make someone feel more intoxicated than they really are and disorientation creates a serious drowning hazard.
Inexperience: Even experienced boaters are more familiar with cars than they are with boats and they spend much more time on the road than they do on the water.
Conditions on the Water: Sun, wind and the boat's vibration can intensify the effects of alcohol. These distractions can make it harder for the boater to notice intoxication.
Dehydration: Dehydration can make the effects of alcohol more pronounced. Drinking and boating on hot, sunny days is a recipe for dehydration.
There were 323 BUI citations written in Florida in 2010 as a result of stricter patrol of our waterways by local, state and federal authorities. There has been an increased effort by authorities and the media to inform boaters of the dangers of drinking while boating. The goal is to prevent Florida boating accidents from occurring this year and in the future.
If you have been injured in a Florida boating accident, contact the Florida boating accident attorneys at Morgan Dramis, P.A. Call us at (941) 953-4555 to schedule an appointment for a free consultation to discuss your case.