§661.1. Operating a watercraft under the influence of alcoholic beverages or controlled dangerous substances; implied consent to chemical tests; administering of test and presumptions
A.(1) Any person, regardless of age, who operates a motor powered watercraft upon the public navigable waterways of this state shall be deemed to have given consent, subject to the provisions of R.S. 32:662, to a chemical test or tests of his blood, breath, urine, or other bodily substance for the purpose of determining the alcoholic content of his blood and the presence of any abused substance or controlled dangerous substance as set forth in R.S. 40:964 in his blood if arrested for any offense arising out of acts alleged to have been committed while the person was driving or in actual physical control of a motor powered watercraft, while believed to be under the influence of alcoholic beverages or any abused substance or controlled dangerous substance as set forth in R.S. 40:964.
(2) The test or tests shall be administered at the direction of a law enforcement officer having reasonable grounds to believe the person, regardless of age, to have been driving or in actual physical control of a motor powered watercraft upon the public navigable waterways of this state, while under the influence of either alcoholic beverages or any abused substance or controlled dangerous substance as set forth in R.S. 40:964. The law enforcement agency by which such officer is employed shall designate which of the aforesaid tests shall be administered.
B. Any person who is dead, unconscious, or otherwise in a condition rendering him incapable of refusal or who has been involved in an accident involving bodily injury or death shall be deemed not to have withdrawn the consent provided by Subsection A of this Section, and the test or tests may be administered subject to the provisions of R.S. 32:662.
C.(1) When a law enforcement officer requests that a person submit to a chemical test as provided for in this Section, he shall first read to the person a standardized form approved by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections. The department is authorized to use such language in the form as it, in its sole discretion, deems proper, provided that the form does inform the person of the following:
(a) His constitutional rights under Miranda v. Arizona and subsequent applicable jurisprudence.
(b) That his driving privileges can be suspended for refusing to submit to the chemical test.
(c) That his driving privileges can be suspended if he submits to the chemical test and such test results show a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or above or, if he is under the age of twenty-one years, a blood alcohol level of 0.02 percent or above.
(d) The name and employing agency of all law enforcement officers involved in the stop, detention, investigation, or arrest of the person.
(2) In addition, the law enforcement officer, after reading the form, shall request the arrested person to sign the form. If the person is unable or unwilling to sign, the officer shall certify that the arrestee was advised of the information contained in the form and that the person was unable to sign or refused to sign.
D. For purposes of this Section, "public navigable waterways" means any waters within the territorial limits of this state and the marginal sea adjacent to the state and the high seas when navigated as a part of a journey or ride to or from the shore of this state but shall not include privately owned water bodies with no ingress or egress to public waters.
Added by Acts 1983, No. 631, §1. Acts 1987, No. 338, §1; Acts 1989, No. 661, §1, eff. July 7, 1989; Acts 1994, 3rd Ex. Sess., No. 20, §2; Acts 1997, No. 1296, §3, eff. July 15, 1997; Acts 1997, No. 1297, §1, eff. July 15, 1997; Acts 2001, No. 781, §4, eff. Sept. 30, 2003; Acts 2004, No. 752, §1.
NOTE: Section 6 of Acts 2001, No. 781, provides that the provisions of the Act shall become null and of no effect if and when Section 351 of P.L. 106-346 regarding the withholding of federal highway funds for failure to enact a 0.08 percent blood alcohol level is repealed or invalidated for any reason.