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Erin Brockovich arrested for boating while intoxicated

With summer in full swing, folks all across Michigan are getting their boats on the water. Families and friends are out on the lake fishing, relaxing, waterskiing and generally trying to have a fun time. However, in the blink of an eye, an enjoyable day in the boat can turn tragic if a person is hurt in a Michigan boating accident.

One of the most common factors in a boat accident is alcohol. In Michigan, boaters are allowed to drink on the water but the legal limit for operating a boat is set at 0.08 percent, which is the same limit for driving a car. Because people think that boating laws are enforced less than driving laws in this state, many people do not think twice about having a drink or two behind the wheel of a boat. However, people can misjudge how much they've had to drink and end up putting others in danger.

For example, environmental activist Erin Brockovich was recently arrested for boating while intoxicated. She was approached by authorities after they saw her struggling to get her boat docked. A breath test revealed that she had a blood alcohol concentration of more than twice the legal limit for boating and she was arrested.

Brockovich pointed out something that many people forget while they are out on the boat. She stated that the effects of alcohol were significantly affected by spending a day in the sun with little to eat.

Luckily, police were able to stop her before an accident happened, but other boaters are not so lucky. Too many times, it is only after a devastating crash that a person's blood alcohol level is tested. By then, it is too late to prevent a crash. However, victims of these accidents and their families can hold an intoxicated boater responsible for the damages.


Source: Detroit Free Press, "Erin Brockovich apologizes for drunken boating," Ann Oldenburg, June 10, 2013

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