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New state law tosses anchor into party plans of LI boaters

Long Island residents complaining of booze on boats are hoping a new law will help curb drinking and driving on the water. A new state law, which takes effect Sunday, is stiffening the penalties for

News 12 Staff

Aug 4, 2006, 11:19 PM

Updated 6,556 days ago

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Long Island residents complaining of booze on boats are hoping a new law will help curb drinking and driving on the water.
A new state law, which takes effect Sunday, is stiffening the penalties for drunken boating. Officials say a driver convicted for a first offense could face a year behind bars in addition to increased fines. State Senator John Flanagan says there will no longer be a qualitative difference between driving a car or a boat while under the influence.
Police say they hope the new law will act as a deterrent. They say they can?t be everywhere on the water, but assure there will be sobriety checkpoints.


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