At the end of last year, a new North Carolina drunk boating law was enacted, which will make the penalties for operating a boat while intoxicated similar to those for driving a car or truck while under the influence.
Will Changes to North Carolina’s Drunk Boating Law Help Prevent Accidents?
Lawmakers are counting on the new drunk boating law to help prevent boating accidents, especially those that result in injuries and death. The new law is called Sheyenne’s Law. It is named after a teenager who was killed by a drunk boater while celebrating the Fourth of July on Lake Norman nearly two years ago. Sheyenne’s Law is meant to serve as a deterrent for drunk boating by increasing the penalties for drunk boating from a misdemeanor to a felony when it results in a catastrophic injury or wrongful death.
Under the new law, offenses for drunk boating include:
- Death by Impaired Boating
- Serious Injury by Impaired Boating
- Aggravated Serious Injury by Impaired Boating
- Aggravated Death by Impaired Boating
- Repeat Death by Impaired Boating
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