Alcohol has played a significant role in society for a very long time, but since man invented machinery and the automobile, legislatures have had to enact laws that strictly govern when alcohol can be consumed, who can consume it, and where.
Why go to such lengths? Because, when we drink too much alcohol, we can experience several negative effects, such as dizziness, drowsiness, slurred speech, blackouts (stretches of time where we can’t remember), vomiting, poor muscle coordination and so on. With people operating the likes of planes, trains, amusement park rides, boats, and automobiles, clearly alcohol and machinery don’t mix.
Three Less Common Alcohol Offenses
As a licensed driver in Texas, surely, you’re aware that it’s illegal to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs – this is criminalized under Section 49.04 of the Texas Penal Code. But did you know that it’s also against the law to boat while intoxicated, to fly while intoxicated, and to assemble or operate an amusement park ride while intoxicated? Let’s explore these three surprising alcohol offenses under Title 10, Chapter 49 of the Texas Penal Code.
- Under Sec. 49.05, it’s illegal to operate an aircraft while intoxicated. Flying while intoxicated is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by a minimum of 72 hours in jail.
- Under Sec. 49.06, it’s against the law to operate a boat or any watercraft while intoxicated. Boating while intoxicated is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by at least 72 hours in jail.
- Under Sec. 49.065, it’s illegal to assemble or operate an amusement park ride while intoxicated. This offense is also a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by a minimum term of 72 hours behind bars.
How does the state define the term intoxicated? It means that someone does not have their normal mental or physical faculties because they consumed alcohol, or used a drug or controlled substance, or used a combination of alcohol and drugs. This is a fairly broad definition, so in reality, one can easily be slapped with one of these charges after having a couple drinks or recently taking drugs.
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