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Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 12:30pm

Governor Nathan Deal Signs BUI Bill

Updated: 1 year ago.
Governor Nathan Deal signed a boating safety bill at Lake Lanier Tuesday afternoon.

Governor Nathan Deal signed a boating safety bill into law on the banks of Lake Lanier Tuesday.

“Last year, as you recall we had some serious accidents occur on that lake,” explained Governor Deal.

Lawmakers dubbed the bill the “Kile Glover Boat Education Law” and the “Jake and Griffin BUI Law.” All three children died after boating accidents on Lake Lanier in 2012.

Prosecutors claim the boater responsible for the accident involving the Prince boys was boating under the influence.

The bill lowers the legal blood alcohol limit for boaters to 0.08, which is the same limit for drivers on Georgia’s roads. It also increases education and safety requirements for young boaters.

The Governor said, the bill “is a step by the state to try to take responsible action to try to protect children.”

Now that it has the Governor’s signature, the bill goes into effect May 15.