That story line would resonate with the media, as it does here in the NEW YORK POST, at any time. Weddings are about joy and hope. But it's a screamer for attention also because of who was driving the boat. That was Jojo John. According to his LinkedIn profile he has been a Relationship Banker with JPMorgan Chase. That makes him a symbol of the elite allegedly behaving badly. On his record is a previous conviction for drug possession.
Authorities have determined that there is probable cause that he was operating the boat impaired by alcohol. Society will be tempted to be very hard on him. The reality is that alcohol is a skilled deceptor. It tells those who consume it that they are not impaired in any way. Talk to the majority of those nailed for DUIs on land and they will contend they "felt fine."
Last evening at a 12-step meeting in a tony town in central Connecticut a man confided that he "could have killed himself and someone else" the night before. After his wife came and dragged him out of a party he followed her home in his own car. Only 24 hours later did he realize the peril in that. He had "felt fine."
Should authorities be made to leverage technology to address this lack of recognition that one is impaired? Of course. And not only on cars but also boats, motorcycles, and bicycles.