Boating Under the Influence (BUI) in Florida

It is unlawful for anyone to operate a vessel within Florida while under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the extent that his or her normal facilities are impaired or has a Breath or Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .08 or above.

The definition of operate a vessel has a different definition than operating or being in actual physical control of a vehicle. Operating a vessel means “to be in charge of, command of or in actual physical control of a vessel upon the waters of this state, to exercise control over or have responsibility for the vessel’s navigation or safety while the vessel is underway. . . or to control or steer a vessel being towed by another vessel.

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