In Tennessee, boating under the influence (BUI) is a criminal charge relating to operating a vessel while under the influence of “any intoxicant, marijuana, narcotic drug, or drug producing stimulating effects on the central nervous system.”
This broad language is the same language used in Tennessee DUI law. The term “vessel” is encompasses “every description of watercraft, other than a seaplane on the water, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water.”
A BUI in Tennessee is the water equivalent and the same as a Tennessee DUI. Like a Tennessee DUI, a Tennessee BUI makes it unlawful for a person to operate a vessel while:
- Impaired by drugs, alcohol, or a combination of the two; or
- Having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or greater.
The Tennessee BUI statute is very similar to the Tennessee DUI statute.