Boating while intoxicated arrests and accidents dwindle in Iowa

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources had reported that there have been fewer cases of boating injuries caused by intoxicated boating while on state waters, and there are less people getting arrested for boating while intoxicated, according to a September 12 Quad-City Times article.

Law enforcement agents could not pinpoint the exact reason for these dwindling numbers. According to the information from the agency, personal injuries related to boating accidents decreased by 70% since 2010 while boating-while-intoxicated arrests declined by 64% in just two years.

The number of BWIs increased in 2012, when Iowa changed the legal blood-alcohol level for boaters to .08 from .10 in accordance with the state’s operating-while-intoxicated law. Records showed that there were 97 BWI arrests in 2012, which was twice the number of arrests from the previous year. So far this year, there have only been 35 arrests.

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Drinking while boating causes accidents

Many boating or other water activity accidents that occur are the result of irresponsible drinking, officials from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said in a KIMT TV 3 article.

Detective Cameron Manson from the Cerro Gordo Sheriff’s Office agreed with the findings of the DNR, explaining that drinking while boating is the same as driving a car while intoxicated and can result in the same penalties. Both irresponsible actions can also result in injury or death.

Rental boating company Clear Lake Boats worker Austin Horner, who is in charge of talking to customers about boat safety before they enter the water in rented boats, said their company is concerned with the number of people drinking while boating.  He assured that safety is important to the company, but he also knows that many people go to the lake to enjoy alcoholic beverages on the water.

If you have been the victim of a personal injury accident that occurred on a boat or elsewhere, the lawyers at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., may fight to ensure your rights are protected.  Call our offices today at (515) 225-2600 to discuss your situation.

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