With children aboard, 27-year-old operates boat drunk

May 16th, 2012 - by DKRPA

Usually when we talk about a boating accident on this blog, it is under tragic circumstances. The story unfolds something like this: a Florida boat operator couldn’t control the vessel, causing a crash. People are either injured — may it be in a minor or catastrophic fashion — or lose their life.

Thankfully this story isn’t along those lines. But it does highlight that if someone decides to act irresponsibly, they can face serious consequences for putting others at risk.

A 27-year-old man in Texas was recently driving a boat with his wife and two young children — both under the age of 10. Before the day on the lake even got going, local authorities had warned the man about intoxicated operation of a boat.

Yet off he went, having “four or five beers” (according to wardens on the lake) and eventually being placed under arrest later in the day for driving a boat while intoxicated. Before the arrest, he the 27-year-old failed multiple field sobriety tests, including reciting the alphabet and counting backwards from the number 37.

Now, filed sobriety tests are not the be-all and end-all of proving the intoxication of a person. However, that is not the point of this story. For a father to take his family out on the water and then recklessly and irresponsibly operate the boat while under the influence of alcohol constitutes extreme negligence.

He could have seriously injured other innocent people at the lake, not to mention his own family members. Those injuries can change the course of someone’s life, may it be temporarily or permanently, and cause extreme hardship – things that a victim could financially recuperate through a personal injury claim.

Source: The Eagle, “Police: Man arrested for drinking, boating,” April 30, 2012