If Michigan weather ever cooperates with the recreational boating crowd, there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration about drinking and boating.

Not only are the laws for blood alcohol level the same for boaters as they are on the road, alcohol can affect boaters very differently. Sun, wind, wave motion and engine noise are all additional factors that can accentuate the effects of alcohol on persons while boating. Impaired judgement and the difference in response time that a boat has also lends to more dangerous consequences on the open water.

There are guidelines and tips offered by the USCG that every boater must follow. Check out the attached link and see what the USCG has put together to help ensure a safe and fun boating experience for everyone on the water.


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