With schools letting out and families flocking to the Gulf, lakes and other bodies of water, boats are becoming a much more common sight. It is also not uncommon to see a much more dangerous activity: boating while drinking. Many people do not consider operating a boat to be the same as operating another vehicle. After all, you're on the wide open water; why should it matter if you've been drinking?
When you look at the facts, it is evident that boating is a major pastime in Texas. There is more inland water here than in any other state. And with nearly 600,000 boats registered, it is evident we enjoy the aquatic lifestyle. But boating can be very dangerous, especially with an intoxicated operator. Texas saw more than 200 boating accidents in 2013, 22 of which included fatalities. In addition, there were also more than 200 boating while intoxicated (BWI) arrests.