Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 22, 2009
Sen. Bill Brown
Senate Approves Measure to Lower Limit for Boating Under Influence
On the final day of the 2009 legislative session,
the state Senate approved a measure that would lower the legal
blood alcohol concentration limit for the offense of boating under
the influence from 0.10 percent to 0.08 percent.
Brown, Senate author of Senate Bill 902, noted that alcohol
use is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents,
accounting for nearly twenty percent of all reported fatalities.
“This is increasingly becoming a problem on
our lakes and waterways, and it was important that the Legislature
step forward with a strong response,” said Brown, R-Broken
Arrow. “I’m pleased that we were able to follow through
in that effort today. Operating watercraft under the influence
of alcohol is just as dangerous as operating a car or truck, and
there’s no reason the legal blood concentration limit should
be any higher.”
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, alcohol use accounts
for nearly twenty percent of all reported boating fatalities.
Rep. Mike Ritze, House author of the proposal, said the measure
was designed to preserve safety in places of critical importance
to numerous Oklahoma communities.
“Oklahoma families should be able to enjoy
the natural beauty of our lakes and waterways without having to
worry about their safety,” said Ritze, R-Broken Arrow. “By
signing this measure into law, we can minimize risks and preserve
safety. I’m pleased by today’s vote and look forward
to seeing the measure signed into law.”
For more information contact:
Sen. Brown's Office - 405-521-5602