Boating While Intoxicated (BWI)
What is Boating While Intoxicated in Texas?
In Texas, it is illegal to operate a boat with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher (the same as that for a DWI).
Texas law establishes stiff penalties for boating while intoxicated (BWI) including:
What is the law on BWI?
A 49.06. BOATING WHILE INTOXICATED.
(a) A person commits an offense if the person is intoxicated while operating a
(b) Except as provided by Section 49.09, an offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor, with a minimum term of confinement of 72 hours.
Typical Penalties for BWI Include:
First conviction carries a fine up to $2,000 and/or jail time up to 180 days.
Second conviction carries a fine up to $4,000 and/or jail time up to one year.
Third conviction carries a fine up to $10,000 and/or jail time of 2-10 years.
Texas Boating Facts:
Texas Parks and Wildlife estimates that a third of all boating accidents "involve" alcohol. Texas also has the most miles of inland water of any other state. Not even the Land of 1,000 Lakes compares to Texas.
If you own a boat or personal watercraft in Texas, think twice before drinking and boating.
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