House Bill 4095 would make it a civil infraction and not a misdemeanor to operate a vessel while under the influence of intoxicating liquor , a controlled substance, or both. It would do the same for reckless operation of a vessel.
Currently, upon conviction for either offense, a person could face a maximum of 90 days in jail or a fine of not more than $100.00, or both. The new legislation would eliminate any risk of jail and would increase the maximum fine to $150.00. The current law and the new bill also allows the court to revoke the right to operate a vessel for up to 2 years and to order the person to complete a boating safety course.
Good idea or bad?
Link to HB 4095: http://www.legislatu...13-hIB-4095.pdf
This post has been edited by MCSO Marine Division: 08 March 2013 - 08:37 AM