New Boating Laws are Now in Effect

May 16, 2013

New changes to Georgia’s boating laws went into effect yesterday.

Captain Mike England is with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and talks about the most significant change to the laws.

“We lowered the blood alcohol concentration from .10 to .08, and that brings it in line with the driving under the influence law that are currently in place with the state of Georgia”, says England.

Another change in the laws will affect Georgia’s youth when it comes to operating any type of aquatic vessel.

“The other thing that has changed is the mandatory education law, and that will go into effect July 1st, 2014 for any person born after January 1st, 1998 Will be required to have passed a boat education course before they can operate any vessel”, says England.

The new changes were discussed not long after a tragic incident that occurred on Lake Lanier last summer.

“Last year we had some significant accidents on Lake Lanier with the Loss of Jake and Griffin Prince”, says England. Where boating under the influence case was involved there that took the lives of two boys.”

The new boating rule changes were signed into law by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal during a special ceremony on Lake Lanier back on April 22nd.