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New York State Passes Stricter Drunk Driving and Boating Legislation

For many, the ideal means of relaxation and recreation is spending a summer day on the high seas. However, some neglect the risks that come with driving a boat under the influence of alcohol and drugs. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Coast Guard, alcohol use was a contributing factor in 306 boating accidents last year, 122 of which resulted in fatalities. Recently, New York passed a bill that will take prior drinking and driving convictions into consideration while imposing penalties for boating while intoxicated, regardless of what kind of vehicle was involved — boat, car or snowmobile.

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