With the myriad of reminders to not drink and drive and to not boat while impaired, it is sometimes lost on how easy it is to avoid problems this holiday weekend.
I was reading the Gainesville Times this morning and learned that there is a service the will come out and pilot in any boat where the operator is impaired. For $125 they will come out and safely pilot in a boat without judgment.
Sometimes people don't realize the safety issues involved in impaired boating. It was less than a year ago that a Hall County Jury was deliberating the case of a man accused of being responsible for the death of two bothers on Lake Lanier.
With this service, and basic common sense, there is no reason to operate your vessel while impaired. No B.U.I. should ever happen. If the DNR arrests you for BUI, you can lose your privilege to boat for up to a year. You will also be charged with a misdemeanor that can involve jail-time and other consequences.
As for driving your car, when out at a family gathering or out with friends, have a designated driver. Remember a designated driver is not the person who had the least amount to drink or the person who stopped drinking earlier in the day. A designated driver is a person WHO HAS NOT CONSUMMED ANY ALCOHOL.
I know from first hand experience that many people who are arrested for DUI are the person who had the least amount to drink. They were the safest driver in a very unsafe group. I hear this all the time. However, it does not take much to be over the per se limit of .08