BASS LAKE — An arrest yesterday on Bass Lake is a reminder to all that the Madera County Sheriff’s Office is taking very seriously the issue of BUI — Boating Under the Influence.
On Saturday at about 12:30 p.m., Boat Patrol deputies on the lake arrested a man for BUI, who was operating a personal watercraft with a minor passenger.
The subject, a 43-year-old male, had a blood alcohol level of 0.24 — three times the legal limit.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public that driving under the influence while operating a vessel is just as dangerous as operating a vehicle, and that drivers/ operators found to be above the legal limit “will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
The legal limit for operating a vessel is the same as a vehicle — .08.
“BUI/DUI is no joke!” says the Sheriff’s Office. “Always have a designated driver/operator. Drunk Driving: Over the Limit; Under Arrest.”
(Photos: Madera County Sheriff’s Office)