As the temperatures
continue to rise, Lake Murray is getting
busier. The lake is a beautiful part of our county, but it can become dangerous
if not enjoyed correctly.
I understand many
people bring alcohol out on their boats as
they fish, swim or just enjoy the water. However, drinking until you’re
impaired while around water can become deadly.
Our deputies patrol
the lake regularly, looking for boaters
who may be operating the equipment while under the influence. Boating under the
influence or BUI is illegal in South Carolina and if convicted, a person must
be fined or sent to jail.
required to complete an Alcohol and Drug Safety
Action course and a South Carolina boating safety course – at your expense.
This law doesn’t
just pertain to boats, either. The law
includes any moving, motorized watercraft.
swimming while intoxicated, your normal senses are
impaired. You might not be able to tell that you’re becoming dehydrated or are
getting too close to a boat or fishing line.
over 21 and plan on enjoying an adult beverage
while on the lake, make sure you designate a sober driver who can also keep an
eye on the group during activities. We’re hoping for a safe, enjoyable season
on the lake and ask that you do your part to keep it that way