The legal limit for the blood alcohol content of an individual while operating a motor vehicle in the state of South Carolina is .08 percent. This law applies to individuals who operate boats. Their blood alcohol content level must not exceed .08 percent if they are to legally operate their vessel.
Boating in South Carolina is governed by local ordinances as well as state law. The regulations concerning the operation of watercraft are in many ways similar to those concerning the operation of a car, as exemplified by the laws against boating while intoxicated. Law enforcement officials may pull over a boat if they suspect its operator is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Some readers from South Carolina may recall the deadly boating accident on Lake Murray that left two women dead. The man who was convicted of reckless homicide with respect to that incident recently saw his petition for early release from prison denied by a board. He is currently serving a 10-year sentence.