Pataki signs tougher boating while intoxicated bill into law

A new state law signed Friday will lower the blood alcohol level for boaters.

Although the new law, which lowers the blood alcohol level from .10 to .08, doesn't take effect until November 1, police are urging boaters to not drink and drive this holiday weekend.

Boaters caught driving drunk under the new law can lose their license to operate a craft for up to a year, face 90 days in jail and up to $500 in fines. Governor Pataki (R-NY) says even though we've made tremendous progress, one fatality that could have been prevented is one too many.

Police urge boaters to have personal floatation devices, red flags, flares, and life vests on hand.

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