RBOC-supported BUI Legislation Proceeds to Governor

RBOC-supported legislation to harmonize certain boating under the influence [BUI] laws with the state’s driving under the influence [DUI] laws will now proceed to the Governor for his consideration.

AB 539 [Levine, D-San Rafael] would authorize the issuance of a search warrant to compel a blood draw from a person suspected of operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

According to Assembly Member Levine, the measure is intended to bring boating laws in line with DUI laws, and to provide law enforcement with the proper tools to investigate and prosecute those who are boating under the influence.

The measure is sponsored by the California State Sheriffs' Association and is also supported by a number of law enforcement and marine industry organizations as well as RBOC.