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Boaters follow tougher Memorial Day boating laws

8:02 PM, May 27, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- This was the first big boating weekend of the season, and people flocked to area lakes for family fun.

But they also had to deal with tougher boating laws after a deadly summer on Lake Lanier last year.

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The DNR and fellow boaters were very pleased with how the weekend turned out, and the number of boaters who enjoyed their time on Lake Lanier's water.

Boaters enjoyed the last hours of the holiday weekend after three packed days out on the water. A boater told 11Alive News that Sunday was rowdy compared to Monday, the lake was much more calm at the end of the day.

DNR officers and Forsyth County sheriffs stepped up patrols in anticipation of a wild weekend, and to enforce several new boating laws now in effect.

Boaters are now considered under the influence if they have a blood-alcohol limit of .08 or more, which matches what is enforced on the roads. Children 13 and younger now have wear life jackets. Training is mandatory for new boaters.

The big talk this Memorial Day weekend was that Lake Lanier was completely full, meaning more room for boaters to spread out. But, DNR said there was also room for things like floating trees in the water. This could be a problem for a boat, tube or jet ski.  

As of Monday evening, there had been no major boating accidents reported.


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