The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will push to lower the legal blood alcohol limit for those operating boats in West Virginia from .10 to .08. This would reconclie the law with the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle in West Virginia. The proposed changes will be presented to the Legislature during the 2009 regular session. (For more information on this issue follow this link to an article in today's Charleston Daily Mail)
I think this is a good thing. Every year, thousands of people are killed or seriously injured in drunk driving and drunk boating accidents. Statistics show that 21% of all boating accidents are attributable to alcohol. Hopefully, the proposed changes to the law will make the waterways of West Virginia safer for you and your families.
Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, has handled numerous claims arising from boating / personal watercraft accidents in West Virginia. If you or your family have beeen injured in a boating accident please call Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, to discuss your legal rights and whether you may have a claim for injuries.