Posted: Thursday, August 28th 2014 at 6:23am
DNR pushes for Labor Day safety on Lanier
ATLANTA - With Labor Day weekend approaching, and with it the surge of people celebrating on Georgia's waterways, state officials are once again emphasizing the importance of boating safety.
Mark McKinnon with the Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division said Wednesday on WDUN's Afternoon News Wrap the high number of boating under the influence (BUI) charges issued this summer shows that some people don't fully appreciate the risks.
"Folks need to remember that you're not allowed to drink and drive your boat," said McKinnon. "The boating rules are just the same as for driving under the influence - you've got to be below .08."
McKinnon also said DNR is concerned about the number of drownings on Lanier this summer.
"This year on Lake Lanier we've had eight drownings related to swimming and that's just way too high," said McKinnon.
Even though the Labor Day holiday doesn't traditionally attract as many lake visitors as the Memorial Day and Fourth of July holidays, McKinnon said DNR rangers will conduct elevated patrols on Lanier throughout the weekend.
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