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New boating laws in effect in Washington State

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New boating laws in effect in Washington State

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – Among the new laws that took effect yesterday in Washington are changes in penalties for boating under the influence.

BUI is now considered a gross misdemeanor, and fines have risen from $1000 to $5000.

Also, boaters who are asked by a marine deputy to take a breathalyzer test and refuse are subject to being ticketed with a $1000 civil penalty.

Marine deputies also have the authority to issue citations for boating accidents.

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