Busy Doing Nothing

Busy Doing Nothing
August 31, 2012

Maureen Martin

Maureen Martin passed away on February 5, 2013. The Heartland Institute's page in tribute to her... (read full bio)

A Juneau man who was drinking all day as he floated his way down the Chena River in Alaska on an inflatable raft has been arrested for operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol.

Alaska state troopers said the man’s blood alcohol level was 0.313, about four times the legal limit. They charged him with DUI.

Lawyer-blogger Kevin Underhill thinks the man can beat the rap. Under Alaska law, the term “operate a watercraft” means “to navigate a vessel used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water. ...”

“[F]loating on a raft is not ‘navigating,’” Underhill says. “It is not doing anything, unless you think ‘not sinking’ is doing something, which I don’t. … So lawyer up, Mr. Floater, because you’re going to walk. Assuming you are able to walk by then.”

Sources: Sam Friedman, “Juneau man gets DUI on raft in Chena River,” Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, August 1, 2012; Kevin Underhill, “Alaska Man Charged With Floating Under the Influence,” lowering the bar, August 2, 2012

Maureen Martin

Maureen Martin passed away on February 5, 2013. The Heartland Institute's page in tribute to her... (read full bio)