Boating homicide, soon to be law. Here are the penalties


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Nautical homicide
Boating homicide soon to become law

Boating homicide, soon the crime will be law. The Senate approved in session No. 34 of Jan. 31, 2023, almost unanimously, the abbreviated procedure for the approval of the bill to introduce the crime of boating homicide. That’s what it’s all about.

Boating homicide, equated with road homicide

The new bill “Introduction of the crime of nautical homicide and the crime of nautical bodily injury”(DDL No. 340) presented on the initiative of Senator Alberto Balboni, aims to introduce, in the code penal, the crime of “
nautical murder
prevedendo the same discipline preseen for road homicide.

The full text of the DDL will now have to pass through the justice committee, and then go to the chamber for final approval. This is an amendment to the already existing
Article 589-bis on road homicide, to be replaced with:

Art. 589-

(Murder stradale o
Whoever causes for fault the
death of a person with violation of the
regulations on discipline of circulation road or na


maritime action or in

tern shall be punished by imprisonment of two to

seven years.

Aggravating factors for driving while intoxicated

The same bill, provides for the punishment aggravating factors related to conducting a of a vessel, an embarkationor a nave, under the influence of alcohollic or altered psycho-fisic conseguente to the intake of narcotics.acents or psicotrope. If these contribute to the causation of the death of a person, imprisonment from eight to 12 years is provided.

Penalty increased in absence of boat license or insurance

Penalty increases are also provided for by the DDL if the offense is committed by a person without a
of a nautical license, or


e prescribed, or c

with a suspended license or re


ocated, and likewise, if the boat is uninsured.

As mentioned above, boating homicide is not yet a state law, the parliamentary process is adjourned until February 9, 2023 at 5 p.m., the deadline for amendments, but it could be passed and out in the official gazette before the start of the 2023 boating season.

Luigi Gallerani



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