A weekend of celebrating America’s independence is only a day out, but Georgia DNR Law Enforcement is encouraging everyone to be safe out on the water this weekend.
DNR Law Enforcement Spokesman Mark McKinnon says those taking to the water this weekend can expect to see law enforcement officers out in force.
“Our division here at DNR will be out enforcing those boating under the influence laws, as well as those other boating safety laws”, said McKinnon. “We want people to be safe out there on the water this weekend.”
It’s been over a year since a law was enacted which lowered the legal blood alcohol content level for boating under the influence from .10% to .08%.
A new law went into effect on July 1st of this year, which now requires anyone operating an aquatic vessel born after January 1st, 1998 to have completed a DNR approved boating education course.
McKinnon even encourages those who don’t fall under the law’s stipulations to take the class.
“There are many people out on our water ways that don’t know the rules of boating and all of those rules are covered in those courses and they are great for everybody”, said McKinnon.
McKinnon mentions that there are three ways that people can take the required or optional, depending on your birthday, classes.
“They can take it online by going to the department of natural resources website and click the law enforcement tab, you can take the class in a classroom setting with a ranger, or there is a home study course where the website will tell you how to obtain those materials and how to mail them in”, explained McKinnon.
For more information about Georgia’s boating laws, you can visit the DNR’s Law Enforcement Division website at www.gadnrle.org