legal questions - Mountain Buzz

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-17-2006   #1
e-town, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1998
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 274
legal questions

So, the good ol' booze cruise, but is it legal? I have heard rangers state that it is illegal to be drinking on a raft. As the law was explained to me if you are paddling you are considered propolsion for the craft and are considered a driver of the craft and the same laws apply as if you were on lake havasu drving a speed boat. Commercially speaking nobody allows booze on trips, unless of course the monetary/sex factor is worth the risk. Does anyone have any knoledge of this situation, If there is one guide rowing a boat can the rest of the crew be drunker than indians or not? Any ideas or advice would be interesting!

liquidchaos is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 07-17-2006   #2
Caspian's Avatar
Englewood, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1978
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 882
It's all going to depend on state law, so what goes on Lake Havasu does not mean anything in Colorado. I don't know if there is a law about paddling impaired, but I can't see anyone getting convicted because they were the "propulsion" for a boat. Laws are required to be more specific than that, so if it doesn't say something to that effect, it wouldn't apply. On the civil side, if you were rowing drunk and an accident happened involving more than just you, there could very well be negligence issues.

Although we have lost an awful number of boaters this year, I'm unaware of any substance-related WW accidents that caused a death. (Although I do know a certain rather wasted RCRE official who had issues staying upright in the flatwater just above Hecla.) When I lived in Carolina, even the triple-crown regulars on the Green would only toke up after Sunshine. But come to think of it, I had an acquaintance in NC that once ran the Upper Gauley with Team "Really Big Kayak Company" and they had a little pre-run huddle. He thought they were gonna give a rundown to some newbies or maybe pass a hitter 'round. When he popped his head in, they were passing a crack pipe. Stranger than fiction...sorry to hijack a little...
Join up, suckas.

"People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid."
- Soren Kierkegaard
Caspian is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Topic Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
First Legal Descent of Niagara Gorge - Vid hoya Whitewater Kayaking 2 09-18-2006 01:41 PM
River access restrictions (new legal ruling) Alek Whitewater Kayaking 2 09-17-2006 04:39 PM
need legal advice rasta The Eddy 17 07-24-2006 01:22 PM
Marijuana Legal in Denver! jonny water Whitewater Kayaking 19 11-04-2005 08:45 AM
Is this boat legal for the Gore Race? farp Whitewater Kayaking 1 05-02-2005 04:57 PM

» Classified Ads
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:08 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.