Boaters Not Paying Attention
When boat operators don’t pay attention, they put everyone at risk. Boat operators have as many things to distract them as vehicle drivers, if not more.
In a small space, like a human-made lake, boaters have to mind their boat. They also have to be on the lookout for other boats.
There are natural factors to consider, as well, such as the weather. The water can be unpredictable, changing based on the wind or storms. Boat operators must remain vigilant the whole time they are on the water.
Even a moment of inattention could cause an accident.
Boating Under the Influence
As boating is a leisurely activity, boaters are less likely to take it as seriously as driving.
As noted above, boating under the influence of alcohol accounts for the most fatal boating accident injuries. Boating under the influence is not only unsafe, it is also unlawful. In Florida, the legal blood alcohol limit for boaters over 21 years of age is 0.08 percent. The same legal limit applies to driving of a vehicle.
On the water, ingesting alcohol can be even more unsafe than on land. Boating requires clear decision-making and reflexes. Boaters under the influence may be more likely to make poor decisions. Alcohol affects all the body’s major systems, like eyesight and coordination.
Boaters under the influencer are also more likely to become exhausted. They are dealing with the noise of the boat, the weather, and the passengers.
Boaters Operating At Dangerous Speeds
Speeding on the water can lead to collisions with another boat or with something else in the water. It can also lower the amount of response time the boat operator has to deal with any issues that may arise.
Inexperienced boaters won’t have the time on the water they need to make the best decisions they can. Often, inexperienced boaters don’t have the judgment required to handle boating. In many cases, they aren’t fully aware of the laws and rules of boating. They may not know what to do if an emergency strikes.
Boaters Acting Recklessly
Boat operators can act recklessly or careless for any number of reasons. They may be trying to show off to passengers onboard. They may be arrogant about their skills and judgment. Carelessness occurs when the boat operator doesn’t act reasonably. Regardless of the reason, boaters acting recklessly are more likely to cause accidents.