The driver of the boat MUST stay sober. If the driver of the boat comes back intoxicated they will be banned.
A BWI (Boating While Intoxicated) conviction is a misdemeanor conviction that will result in a permanent criminal record. On top of the conviction and the criminal record, a boater convicted of BWI could face:
- Up to 1 year in jail
- A maximum fine of $1,000
- All privileges to operate a boat revoked for up to 1 year
- Note that these convictions can impact your insurance.