It is now state law for children 13 years old and under to wear life jackets when riding in an open, moving boat.
In a ceremonial signing Tuesday on Lake Lanier, Governor Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 136.
The bill was passed this legislative session in response to the deaths of two boys, Kyle Glover and Griffin Prince who were killed in a BUI boating accident on the lake last summer.
The law requires children 13 and under to wear life jackets when riding in an open, moving boat, and places age limits and education requirements on young water craft operators.
DNR Law Enforcement officer Craig Fulgum was one of the officers who worked that fatal accident last summer on Lanier.
“I actually had to work at the Prince family incident; any time you have a fatality it is tragic, and when it involves children it is even worse”, said Fulgum. “Every officer that worked that case was changed after working that case, and you can’t help walking away from that and wondering how this could have been avoided.”
The new law signed by the Governor Tuesday also lowered the blood alcohol limit for boaters to .08 from .10.
Georgia had been one of eight states with a higher blood-alcohol limit for boating.