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New Law Cracks Down On Boating Under The Influence

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You might want to think twice before drinking too many cold one's on the water. There's a new law cracking down on boating under the influence. In an effort to make Georgia waterways safer the new legislation lowers the blood alcohol content limit for boaters from .10 to .08. to match car drivers.

"We'll be checking for boating under the influence as well as making sure people are wearing their life jackets and we are just going to ask people to be safe over the summer. We had way too many boating incidents last summer around the state," said Georgia DNR Ranger, Kiel Toney.

If boaters aren't paying attention to operating their watercraft, Rangers from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources won't be far away looking for the signs of a boater having too much to drink.  

"People operating above idle speed in idle speed zones, if they are operating their vessel within 100 feet of a fixed object such as a dock or a boat, they can also be operating their boats without lights in hours of darkness," said Toney.

If you're caught boating under the influence you could be arrested and lose your boating privileges for a year. In order to get your boating privileges back you would have to take an alcohol risk reduction class.

DNR Ranger Kiel Toney said driving a boat while intoxicated just isn't worth it especially if you hurt yourself or others.

"Typically it results in a boating incident where a boat will collide with another boat down here, on the coasts there's plenty of objects to run into such as docks or navigational markers, the tide changes you have sand bars to look out for," said Toney.

DNR also partners with Metro's Marine Patrol and the U.S. Coast Guard to keep the waters safe.

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