WEST ISLIP - Tough new laws against boating while intoxicated could go into effect in New York.

The state Senate Transportation Committee today passed sweeping regulations that would mandate boating education and toughen BWI penalties. The law would make it a felony to be drunk with a child on a boat and would create a more severe penalty for a boater with a blood alcohol content level well above the legal limit. It would also crack down on repeat offenders by linking all arrests for drunken driving of boats, cars and snowmobiles.

The bill now goes before the full state Senate for a vote.