RBOC (Recreation Boat Owners of California) is extending its appreciation to Senator Jerry Hill [D-San Mateo] for his consideration of the concerns raised by RBOC and his decision to remove from SB 65 provisions that would have extended the boating under the influence [BUI] laws into the Vehicle Code with a prohibition against individuals drinking alcoholic beverages while operating a boat or riding as passengers aboard a boat.
This provision would have been in addition to the significant BUI laws set forth in the Harbors and Navigation Code. The current, extensive provisions of these state laws aim to strike an effective balance that prevents boating under the influence, effectively enforces the extensive state BUI laws, and acknowledges the boating experience.
As set forth on the state Division of Boating and Waterways website, the state BUI laws include:
In addition to supporting these laws, boaters are doing our part financially. Several million dollars are provided to local boating enforcement each year in the form of boater-derived state fuel tax dollars and registration fees.
As amended on March 28, SB 65 focuses on an important issue: the use of marijuana in motor vehicles. The bill would make drinking an alcoholic beverage or smoking or ingesting marijuana or any marijuana product while driving, or while riding as a passenger in, a motor vehicle being driven upon a highway or upon specified lands punishable as either an infraction or a misdemeanor. The bill would also authorize a court to order a defendant to attend and complete a state-licensed driving-under-the-influence program in addition to those penalties.
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