Thu., July 12, 2012 10:00am (EDT)

Speaker Wants Lower Legal Limit For Boaters
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

BUFORD, Ga.  —  
House Speaker David Ralston and Gov. Nathan Deal plan to introduce legislation to lower the legal alcohol limit for boaters from .10 to .08. (Photo Courtesy of Chris Chidsey via stock.xchng.)
House Speaker David Ralston and Gov. Nathan Deal plan to introduce legislation to lower the legal alcohol limit for boaters from .10 to .08. (Photo Courtesy of Chris Chidsey via stock.xchng.)
House Speaker David Ralston said he and Gov. Nathan Deal will introduce legislation to lower the legal alcohol limit for boaters after wrecks on Lake Lanier have raised concerns about safety.

The Blue Ridge Republican said he and Deal plan to introduce legislation to lower the limit from .10 to .08.

The lower figure is the limit for operating a vehicle on Georgia roads. Ralston said he believes the different limits for boats and automobiles represent a gap in Georgia's law which needs to be fixed.

Two boys died when a fishing boat collided with a pontoon boat last month. Two more children were badly hurt last week, when a personal watercraft struck their inner-tube as they were being pulled by a boat.