OK Law For Blood Alcohol Content's Effect On Boaters

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 blue-green algae in major lakes resulted in reduced boating traffic during the two holiday weekends.