Tuesday, 06 April 2010 05:31

California DUI Law: Boating, Flying, and Cycling Under the Influence

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If you are operating a boat, plane, or even a bike while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you can still be arrested for a DUI. Under California state law, boating, flying, or bicycling under the influence are separate offenses, and just like drunk driving, there are consequences to face.

The word "vehicle" has a different definition in each state. California Vehicle Code defines "vehicle" as "A device by which any person or property may be propelled, moved, or drawn upon a highway, excepting a device moved exclusively by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks."

Boating Under the Influence - Under California's Harbors and Navigation Code, boating under the influence (BUI) is defined as having a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .08% for recreational vessels and .04% for commercial water craft.

Flying Under the Influence - Anyone who flies any type of aircraft can be charged with FUI if he/she has consumed alcohol within 8 hours of the flight or who has a BAC of .04% or higher. A person can be charged under state and federal laws. Furthermore, they have to submit to chemical testing.

Cycling Under the Influence - Although CUI is the least of all the offenses, you are still subject to penalties including a fine of $250 and a criminal conviction on your record.

There are noticeable differences between a BUI (Boating Under the Influence), FUI (Flying Under the Influence), and CUI (Cycling Under the Influence), so if you are arrested for any of these offenses, it's advisable to seek help from a
California DUI attorney.

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