Although most people are aware that it is illegal to operate a car or motor vehicle on the roads while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, some are not aware that the laws apply to Georgia's waterways as well. It is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol.
By operating a boat, people consent to alcohol testing. For people 21 and older, those with a blood alcohol content of more than .08 face charges of BUI. A BUI is a misdemeanor charge carrying the possibility of up to one year of incarceration and a fine of $1,000. A conviction of the offense will also serve to prohibit the person from operating a boat until they have completed an approved DUI Alcohol or Drug Risk Reduction program successfully.