The National Transportation Safety Board has identified and examined safety improvements to reduce accidents, fatalities, and injuries in recreational boating due to alcohol use and has concluded that the United States Coast Guard should establish a national program through the States to implement needed safety measures. The Safety Board concludes that perhaps as many as 400 to 800 recreational boating fatalities annually may involve alcohol and that as many as 35 to 38 percent may involve persons "legally drunk" at the generally accepted blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.10 percent. Moreover, the Safety Board believes the full extent of alcohol involvement in recreational boating fatalities is probably not fully known. The Safety Board issued priority recommendations to the Coast Guard to develop and implement a national program to address the hazards of alcohol use, to improve the reporting of alcohol involved accidents, and to incorporate information on the hazards of alcohol use in safe boating courses. The Board recommended that the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators develop model education and enforcement programs and coordinate with the Coast Guard in improving the reporting of alcohol involved accidents. Additionally, the Board recommended that nationally recognized recreational boating educational organizations incorporate information on the hazards of alcohol use in recreational boating. Finally, recommendations were issued to 39 States and the District of Columbia (D.C.) to adopt legislation to define the level of intoxication and to 40 States and D.C. to allow chemical testing of recreational boat operators suspected of being intoxicated.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Transportation Safety Board

    Bureau of Safety Programs, 800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20594
  • Publication Date: 1983-10-17

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Tables;
  • Pagination: 31 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00389157
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB/SS-83/02, HS-036 618
  • Files: HSL, TSR, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 28 1984 12:00AM