A bill in the Alabama House of Representatives – if passed – would treat fatal boating accidents involving alcoholic beverages the same as fatal traffic accidents where the driver of one of the vehicles was driving under the influence. The House Judiciary Committee has approved the bill sponsored by Rep. Barry Mask of Wetumpka. Rep. Mask said the bill was inspired by fatal boating accidents in recent years on Lake Jordan and Lake Martin.
According to Elmore County District Attorney Randall Houston, the bill would set the same penalties for fatal boating accidents where drinking is a contributing factor as for traffic accidents. He says the bill is needed because of the large number of boaters on Alabama lakes and the speed of boats operating on waterways. Our firm has handled a number of cases on Lake Martin primarily where drunk boat operators were involved in incidents resulting in serious injuries and fatalities. We are currently handling one such case where deaths are involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver. Hopefully this bill will be passed and be signed into law by Governor Riley.
Source: Associated Press
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