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DNR: Half of 'boating under influence' reports on Lake Lanier

2:51 PM, Jun 25, 2012   |    comments
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Video: Safe boating enforcement this weekend

One child was killed and another is missing after a boating accident on Lake Lanier Monday night.

BUFORD, Ga. -- Even before two young boys were lost in a boat crash this week on Lake Lanier, a nationwide safe boating campaign called Operation Dry Water was planned for this weekend. Now it's hitting home for Georgia boaters. Many at Lake Lanier  said they were already cautious, but now even more so.

"I'm always careful, but after hearing something like that I'm even more of a defensive driver," said Tom Anderson. "I don't know the captain of the boat coming toward me. My main mission is to look around see what's coming toward the boat and be as defensive as I can."

The Department of Natural Resources operated at full staff levels Friday through Sunday in an effort to educate boaters and enforce the laws on the water.

DNR Spokesperson Melissa Cummings released final results of the sweep Monday morning.

"We had 19 BUIs (boating under the influence) statewide. Nine of those were on Lake Lanier," said Cummings.

Miss that "No Wake" sign? That'll be a ticket of almost $200. Blow a .10 on the breathalyzer? Up to $1000 dollars and a year in jail, depending on the level and the offense.

Each boat needs to have lifejackets for everyone on board, as well as working lights at night.


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