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Blood Alcohol Level Drops to .08 for Boating and Driving

The allowable blood alcohol limit for boating and driving is dropping to .08 from the current level of .10 starting Tuesday. Nevada game wardens who enforce boating laws in Nevada, will immediately begin enforcing the lower levels.

Many boaters don’t realize that alcohol has an elevated impact on boaters. Waves, wind, and sun all have an amplifying impact that can triple the effect one drink has on the body.

“Some people still don’t realize that boating while intoxicated is a crime very similar to DUI,” said Fred Messmann, Nevada’s boating law administrator. “It is not only unsafe, but also illegal, to operate that boat while impaired.”

The legal blood alcohol limit was recently dropped by the Nevada State Legislature, which aligns with blood alcohol limits in most other states. Although Nevada is nearing the end of the boating season, game wardens will still be having periodic operation under the influence check points at some Nevada lakes. NDOW reminds boaters to be aware of the new limits and be careful.

“The operating under the influence law is in place for a reason,” said Messmann. “Exactly half of Nevada’s boating fatalities in 2002 were alcohol related, and mixing boating and alcohol is a recipe for disaster.”

Those who wish to learn more about boating in Nevada can visit or call the Department of Wildlife at (775) 688-1500.




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