New Law for Stiffer Penalties for Boating While Intoxicated Put on Hold

Another proposed law calling for stiffer penalties for boating while intoxicated has apparently been put on hold. State Senator Fuschillo was asking the legislators to stiffen the penalties associated with being found guilty of boating while intoxicated with a BAC of .18. He was also proposing stiffer penalties for being found guilty of operating a boat while intoxicated with a child on board the vessel.

Previously, the blood alcohol content threshold for boating while intoxicated was .10 percent. The law now states that if you are found to have been operating a boat after having consumed alcohol in New York State and have been found to have a BAC of .08 percent or more, you will not be able to operate any boat for one year. You may also have to pay a fine and serve jail time.