A Senate bill that would lower the allowable blood alcohol level for boaters is one step closer to becoming a law.
The Game, Fish and Parks Committee approved the bill that would lower the legal limit to the same as driving under the influence.
Senate Bill 136, if passed by the House, will:
• reduce the legal blood alcohol limit from 0.10 to 0.08 for BUI
• increase the penalties for hunting or boating while under the influence
• effective July 1, 2014, require anyone born on or after 1-1-98, who operates a motorized water vessel to complete a boating education course
• increase the age requirement for wearing a personal flotation device from 10 to 13 years old and
• provide increased penalties for repeat BUI offenders.
The bill was introduced because of three children killed on the water.
The "Jake and Griffin Prince BUI Law" remembers two brothers killed when a drunken boater collided with their family's pontoon.
Along with its tribute to Jack and Griffin Prince, the legislation remembers 11-year-old Kile Glover, Usher's stepson, who was killed after an accident with a jet ski. The "Kile Glover Boat Education Law" seeks to increase the age requirement for wearing a personal flotation device.
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