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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AK              
  • Jurisdiction: Alaska
  • Effective Date of Change: 9/1/2001
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
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AL                
  • Jurisdiction: Alabama
  • Effective Date of Change: 1/1/2002
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
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AR              
  • Jurisdiction: Arkansas
  • Effective Date of Change: 8/13/2001
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
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AZ              
  • Jurisdiction: Arizona
  • Effective Date of Change: 8/31/2001
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
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CANo Change
CO                                          
  • Jurisdiction: Colorado
  • Effective Date of Change: 8/5/2008
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
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CT                       
  • Jurisdiction: Connecticut
  • Effective Date of Change: 10/1/2003
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
  • Details
                                                         
DCNo Change
DE                                  
  • Jurisdiction: Delaware
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/26/2006
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
  • Details
                                              
FLNo Change
GA                                                             
  • Jurisdiction: Georgia
  • Effective Date of Change: 5/15/2013
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
  • Details
                   
HINo Change
IA          
  • Jurisdiction: Iowa
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2000
  • Change: BAC limit law adopted
  • Details
                                           
  • Jurisdiction: Iowa
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2011
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
  • Details
                          
IDNo Change
ILNo Change
IN              
  • Jurisdiction: Indiana
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2001
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
  • Details
                                                                  
KSNo Change
KY
  • Jurisdiction: Kentucky
  • Effective Date of Change: 3/3/1998
  • Change: BAC limit law adopted
  • Details
          
  • Jurisdiction: Kentucky
  • Effective Date of Change: 10/1/2000
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
  • Details
                                                                     
LA                      
  • Jurisdiction: Louisiana
  • Effective Date of Change: 9/30/2003
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
  • Details
                                                          
MA                     
  • Jurisdiction: Massachusetts
  • Effective Date of Change: 6/30/2003
  • Change: Evidentiary rule changed to per se
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MD       
  • Jurisdiction: Maryland
  • Effective Date of Change: 10/1/1999
  • Change: BAC level increased from 0.07 to 0.1
  • Details
      
  • Jurisdiction: Maryland
  • Effective Date of Change: 9/30/2001
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
  • Details
                                                                  
MENo Change
MI                                                                    
  • Jurisdiction: Michigan
  • Effective Date of Change: 3/31/2015
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
  • Details
            
MN                              
  • Jurisdiction: Minnesota
  • Effective Date of Change: 8/1/2005
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
  • Details
                                                  
MO                                          
  • Jurisdiction: Missouri
  • Effective Date of Change: 8/28/2008
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
  • Details
                                      
MS                                                  
  • Jurisdiction: Mississippi
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2010
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
  • Details
                              
MT                     
  • Jurisdiction: Montana
  • Effective Date of Change: 4/15/2003
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
  • Details
                                                           
NCNo Change
NDNo Change
NE              
  • Jurisdiction: Nebraska
  • Effective Date of Change: 9/1/2001
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
  • Details
                                                                  
NHNo Change
NJ                              
  • Jurisdiction: New Jersey
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/2/2005
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
  • Details
                                                  
NM                      
  • Jurisdiction: New Mexico
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2003
  • Change: BAC limit law adopted
  • Details
                                                          
NV                      
  • Jurisdiction: Nevada
  • Effective Date of Change: 9/23/2003
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
  • Details
                                                          
NY                       
  • Jurisdiction: New York
  • Effective Date of Change: 11/1/2003
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
  • Details
                                                         
OH                     
  • Jurisdiction: Ohio
  • Effective Date of Change: 6/30/2003
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
  • Details
                                                           
OK                                                      
  • Jurisdiction: Oklahoma
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2011
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
  • Details
                          
ORNo Change
PA                                    
  • Jurisdiction: Pennsylvania
  • Effective Date of Change: 1/8/2007
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
  • Details
                                            
RI              
  • Jurisdiction: Rhode Island
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/9/2001
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
  • Details
                                                                  
SC      
  • Jurisdiction: South Carolina
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/2/1999
  • Change: BAC limit law adopted
  • Details
                                                                          
SD                  
  • Jurisdiction: South Dakota
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2002
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
  • Details
                                                              
TN                                  
  • Jurisdiction: Tennessee
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2006
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
  • Details
                                              
TX      
  • Jurisdiction: Texas
  • Effective Date of Change: 9/1/1999
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
  • Details
                                                                          
UTNo Change
VANo Change
VTNo Change
WA    
  • Jurisdiction: Washington
  • Effective Date of Change: 1/1/1999
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
  • Details
                                                                            
WI                      
  • Jurisdiction: Wisconsin
  • Effective Date of Change: 9/30/2003
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
  • Details
                                                          
WV                         
  • Jurisdiction: West Virginia
  • Effective Date of Change: 5/5/2004
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
  • Details
                                                       
WYNo Change
US             
  • Jurisdiction: United States
  • Effective Date of Change: 5/11/2001
  • Change: BAC level decreased from 0.1 to 0.08
  • Details