Boating under the influence is a serious problem, and for operators of vessels who engage in this behavior, the ramifications of a BUI can be severe. By both state and federal laws, it is illegal to operate a boat while you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The U.S. Coast Guard could stop you boat and check you for operating under the influence in the same manner that a police officer could pull over the driver of a vehicle on suspicion of a DUI.
A boat accident in Miami, Florida left three people with injuries that required hospitalization. Details are a little fuzzy at the moment, but it appears that the boat crashed into a channel marker by the 79th Street Causeway. Emergency responders found the three people on board with serious injuries, including a 14-year-old boy with severe head lacerations. They were all taken aboard a fire rescue boat. One good Samaritan apparently helped one of the people out of the water and back on to their original boat.
A boating accident in Niceville, Florida left one person dead and two other people with injuries. The accident happened in the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 20. It appears that two people were sitting on the bow of a boat when the 34-year-old operator of that boat asked them to get into actual seats on the boat. It was at this moment that the boat struck a large, red channel marker, causing serious damage to the vessel and sending people flying.
As Pensacola residents are aware, the Pensacola Bay Bridge was built in 1960 and deemed structurally inefficient recently by engineers. After a long development and negotiation process, the new Pensacola Bay Bridge is scheduled to be completed in 2020. The $400 million bridge will have two three-lane sections for northbound and southbound travel, as well as paths for bicyclists and pedestrians.