News reports that Operation Dry Water kicks off this weekend in an effort to prevent boating accidents caused by boating under the influence (BUI). From June 24 to June 26th, marine law enforcement will be out in force patrolling Sacramento and California lakes and rivers, searching for those BUI.
The show of force is part of an annual campaign focused on reducing the incidence of boating accidents. If you have been injured in a boating accident, it is critical to contact a dedicated Sacramento boat accident lawyer to discuss your rights and explore your next steps.
Statistics reveal that more than 17 percent of boating fatalities are relating to alcohol use. California law prohibits operating a boat with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or higher. Despite laws restricting operating a boat wile drinking, California does not have an open container law prohibiting alcohol on board. As the result, often boating creates a "party atmosphere" leading to reckless and negligent behavior. Whether you are a driver or passenger, it's a good idea to remain sober while on board.
If you plan to go boating this summer - play it safe. Wear a life jacket and avoid alcohol while out on the water.
For more information, or if you have been in California boat accident, contact the Sacramento personal injury lawyers at The Law Office and Frederick J. Sette for a free consultation.