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    Long Island Lawmakers Pushing For Tougher Drunk Boating Laws
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    Long Island Lawmakers Pushing For Tougher Drunk Boating Laws

    August 29, 2019


    DRIVING THE BOAT, 24-YEAR-OLD NICOLAS ZARRENTLEO, ACCUSED OF OPERATING THE VESSEL WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE. ON LONG ISLAND, LAWMAKERS SAY DRUNK BOATING CRASHES HAVE BEEN SUCH A CHALLENGE, THEY WANT TO MAKE BOATING WHILE INTOXICATED A FELONY AND REVOKE LICENSES. Reporter: VULNERABLE BOATERS IN SAIL BOATS, DINGHIES, KAYAKS, INFLATABLES, VICTIMS OF RECKLESS AND DRUNK POWER BOAT DRIVERS. TODAY I’M INTRODUCING A BILL. Reporter: IT IS A BIPARTISAN PLAN IN ALBANY TO SAVE LIVES ON THE WATER. MAKE IT A FELONY IF YOU ARE BOATING WHILE INTOXICATING WITH A CHILD ON THE BOAT. Reporter: CURRENTLY IT IS ONLY A MISDEMEANOR. THESE LONG ISLAND MOMS WISH THAT DETERRENT HAD BEEN IN PLACE WHEN THEY LOST THEIR DAUGHTERS. I WAKE UP AND DON’T WANT TO THINK IT IS REAL. IN MY CASE, THEY WERE DRINKING BUT IT TOOK SO LONG TO GET THEIR BLOOD ALCOHOL. Reporter: THE CONTRIBUTORS ARE BOOZE, DRUGS, SPEEDING, IN EXPERIENCED OPERATORS, AND LACK OF SAFETY TRAINING. DRIVEING A BOAT WHILE INTOXICATED IS THE SAME AS A CAR. I DON’T KNOW HOW THE PATROLLING WOULD WORK ON THE WATER. WE WILL ASK YOU TO USE OUR INTOXMETER RIGHT HERE. Reporter: THEY WILL ASK FOR INCREASED FUNDING FOR WATER PATROLS. THERE IS MORE TO THE BILL REVOKE YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE IF YOU ARE CONVICTED OF BOATING WHILE INTOXICATED. Reporter: THEY POINT TO HIS LONG ISLAND MAN LAST MONTH ARRESTED FOR BWI, GOT IN HIS