Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits

Operators of Recreational Watercraft

Laws addressing blood alcohol concentration limits applicable to operators of recreational watercraft.

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Jurisdiction Policies as of BAC Limit Per Se Citations
Alabama (1459)
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Alaska (1460)
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Arizona (1461)
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Arkansas (1508)
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California (1462)
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Colorado (1463)
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Connecticut (1464)
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Delaware (1466)
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District of Columbia (1465)

Section designations in the District of Columbia Code were renumbered in connection with the publication of the D.C. Official Code, 2001 Edition.

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Florida (1467)
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Georgia (1468)
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Hawaii (1469)
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Idaho (1470)
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Illinois (1471)
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Indiana (1472)
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Iowa (1513)
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Kansas (1474)
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Kentucky (1475)
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Louisiana (1477)
1/1/20200.08Yes2 Citations
Maine (1478)
1/1/20200.08Yes2 Citations
Maryland (1479)

Beginning September 30, 2001, a BAC of 0.07 is prima facie evidence of driving while impaired by alcohol, while a BAC of 0.08 is prima facie evidence of operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol.

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Massachusetts (1481)
1/1/20200.08Yes2 Citations
Michigan (1510)
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Minnesota (1482)
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Mississippi (1483)
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Missouri (1512)
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Montana (1484)
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Nebraska (1485)
1/1/20200.08Yes3 Citations
Nevada (1486)
1/1/20200.08Yes2 Citations
New Hampshire (1487)
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New Jersey (1488)
1/1/20200.08Yes2 Citations
New Mexico (1509)
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New York (1489)
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North Carolina (1490)
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North Dakota (1491)
1/1/20200.10Yes2 Citations
Ohio (1492)
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Oklahoma (1493)
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Oregon (1494)
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Pennsylvania (1495)
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Rhode Island (1496)
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South Carolina (1497)
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South Dakota (1498)
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Tennessee (1499)
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Texas (1500)
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Utah (4123)
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Vermont (1502)
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Virginia (1503)
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Washington (1504)
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West Virginia (1505)
1/1/20200.08Yes3 Citations
Wisconsin (1506)
1/1/20200.08Yes2 Citations
Wyoming (5081)

Beginning July 1, 2019, a BAC limit of 0.08 applies if the watercraft is a motorboat, defined as any watercraft propelled in any respect by propulsion machinery powered by an energy source other than human effort.

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United States (1511)
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