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New York to lower blood alcohol limits for hunters

Starting next year, there will be a lower limit for New Yorkers who hunt while drunk.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed new legislation Wednesday that will reduce the blood alcohol content threshold to be charged with hunting while intoxicated.

The new law makes the legal limit to hunt the same as the legal limit to drive a car or a boat.

Under current law, the blood alcohol content threshold for being charged with hunting while intoxicated is .10 percent. Starting September 1, 2020, the BAC threshold will decrease to .08 percent, the same level for operating a vehicle or boat.

“An individual who is too intoxicated to drive a car or pilot a boat is also unfit to engage in hunting and the increased risk is not only to the hunter, but to everyone else in the field,” the law states.

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