OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities say it's still too early to determine what effect Oklahoma's new law reducing the allowable blood-alcohol limit for boaters is having.
The law lowers the legal limit for boat operators from 0.1 percent to 0.08 percent, which is also the legal limit for vehicle drivers on roads. The Oklahoman reports the new law has not resulted in a major increase of arrests on Oklahoma lakes during the Memorial Day and Independence Day holiday weekends.
Capt. Mike Mize of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol's Marine Enforcement Division says high water levels and health scares regarding blue-green algae in major state lakes resulted in reduced lake traffic during the two holiday weekend.
American Boating Association Director Mike Anderson says more states are lowering blood-alcohol level standards for boaters.