Alcohol or cannabis on the water: stay out of trouble!

Drinking alcohol or marijuana and driving a boat can cause problems. Just like driving a car, if you browse the site while consuming, you risk being prosecuted. Whether you are at the helm or guarding a ship in port, when your ability is impaired by alcohol or marijuana, you risk criminal prosecution.

What is a “violation”?

Driving a boat while intoxicated is a felony. The alcohol limit allowed by law is 80 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood. This is the famous “zero eight” (0.08).

But be careful: Measuring your alcohol consumption doesn’t mean you’re immune to the charges. “0.08” means you are breaking the rules, whether or not your ability to drive is actually impaired.

Driving a boat and smoking marijuana are also criminal offenses.

What if you’re at fault?

If you are guilty, your sentence will depend, among other things, on your history and the amount of alcohol or cannabis you have drunk. The court will have to at least fine you and deprive you of your driver’s license for a year. You will also have a criminal record. In some cases, there may even be a prison term.

Caution is required both on the water and on the road.

Informative text – This text is not legal advice; For such advice, it is recommended to contact a lawyer or notary. Éducaloi is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inform the people of Quebec about their rights and responsibilities in plain language.

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