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California DUI boaters can keep their drivers licenses

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Anders Johnson
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The Second District Court of Appeals in California has ruled that boaters who are arrested for DUI in their boats, can not lose their driver license to operate a motor vehicle.  California law treats DUI boating the same way as motor vehicle DUI, including the same alcohol limit of .08.  Boaters can be sentenced up to six months on a first offense, and required to take a boater safety course.

However, you don't need a license to drive a boat.  The Department of Motor Vehicles was suspending a person's driver's license for boating under the influence.  No longer, says the Court, because no law in the Vehicle Code allows it.

Look for this to trigger activity in the California Assembly.  A previous attempt in the assembly in 2004 failed.

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