Georgia DNR Reports Relatively Incident Free Memorial Day Weekend

May 29, 2013

The Memorial Day Weekend, for the most part, was tragedy free.

The exception being two drowning incidents that occurred in Augusta and in Coffee County.

Melissa Cummings with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources says there was a substantial drop in incidents reported this year compared to last.

“Almost by half, and injuries that were sustained were for the most part relatively minor”, said Cummings.

The reason for that she says, is that Georgia DNR had an increased presence on the water and on land as well.

Cummings said, “Not as a sign as we are coming to destroy anybody’s fun, but to let them know that we are out there making sure everyone is safe and that they can have a great time while out there.”

With the newest boating laws that went into effect recently, she says that led to more Boating under the Influence citations than in years past.

“We had actually an increase in the number of B.U.I.s that were given out this weekend, as compared to last year”, said Cummings.

According to Cummings, there were a grand total of thirty-nine B.U.I. citations handed out this year, and all thirty-nine were issued out on Lake Lanier.