BUI charges do not always fall under Florida jurisdiction. If you are boating close to shore, on a lake, or a river within Florida, this will fall under status jurisdiction; however, if you are boating out in the open water, it could become a federal offense.

In these cases, it would be enforced by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) who take drunk boating extremely seriously.

Whereas drivers can clock thousands of hours behind the wheel, the typical boater spend roughly about 100 hours on the water annually. This danger has resulted in heightened awareness by the USCG, who have released several PSAs regarding the dangers of boating under the influence. This has resulted in increased vigilance to catch these drivers before they cause any harm to fellow boaters or to those who are in the boat with them.