Question: In what types of boats or watercraft can I be charged with BUI in Oklahoma?
Answer: Well, actually the statute gives a definition. It says that it should be unlawful for any person to operate or be in actual physical control of a vessel upon the waterway. So we go look at the actual statute, and it gives us a definition of what a vessel is. And it says, any device other than a canoe, paddleboat or seaplane on the water used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water, including but not limited to personal watercraft.
So, it kind of seems that, although it doesn’t actually require it to be something that is motorized, the definition itself really doesn’t leave much of anything else. A canoe, paddleboat or seaplane, any other type of water device is most likely going to have an engine associated with it, even the personal watercraft like the Sea-Doos and such. But it looks like it’s, by and large, going to just apply to things that are going to have a motor installed.
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