Rafting Under the Influence (RUI)


I’ve talked about BUI for operating a boating under the influence. I’ve talked about CUI for cycling under the influence. Apparently in Alaska you can be charged with RUI for rafting under the influence.

On Sunday, July 29, Alaska State Troopers received a report that a man was floating down the Chena River in Fairbanks, Alaska on an inflatable raft who appeared to be “heavily intoxicated.” A trooper boat responded to the report and arrested 32-year-old William Modene from Juneau, Alaska.

Upon arrest it was determined that Modene’s blood alcohol content was nearly four times the legal limit at 0.313. Like California, the legal limit in Alaska is .08. Apparently, Modene had been floating all day and had been drinking the entire time.

Modene’s charge is being considered extremely rare. The majority of DUI arrests in Alaska that take place on the water involve a motorized water craft. However, the motorization of a water craft is not a necessary element under Alaska law. The Alaska law pertaining to water craft states, “navigat[ing] a vessel used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water for recreational or commercial purposes on all waters, fresh or salt, inland or costal, inside the territorial limits or under the jurisdiction of the state.”

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