Bill would treat Alabama boat wrecks like car wrecks

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama House committee has approved a bill that 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 approved the bill sponsored by Rep. Barry Mask of Wetumpka on Wednesday.

Mask said the bill was inspired by fatal boating accidents in recent years on Lake Jordan and Lake Martin.

Elmore County District Attorney Randall Houston said the bill would set the same penalties for fatal boating accidents where drinking is a contributing factor and for traffic accidents.

Houston said the bill is needed because of the large number of boaters on Alabama lakes and the speed of boats operating on waterways.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Wondering Location: Dothan on Mar 4, 2009 at 12:24 PM
    It's about time. When are they going to make it against the law to talk on a cell phone while you are driving? What about texting? What about someone running from the law? Alabama needs to team up with the Georgia game wardens come summer and stop all the drinking on the river before there is a bad accident down here.
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