The Georgia Department of Revenue released an updated proposal for rules on prestige license plates Monday. The Department had looked at implementing a rule that would bar plates from containing any references to weapons, drugs or alcohol. The brand new rules, however, no longer contain that ban.
Only three people signed up to speak at a public hearing Tuesday on the state’s newly proposed personalized license plate rules. The Georgia Department of Revenue hearing is a step officials must take before adopting the rules permanently.
This Memorial Day weekend will be the first big test for officers charged with enforcing Georgia’s new Boating Under the Influence law. The BUI law went into effect on May 15 and changed the blood alcohol limit from 0.10 to 0.08 for people behind the wheel of a boat or watercraft.
Members of the Georgia House are expected to vote Wednesday on a bill that would lower the legal blood alcohol limit for people behind the wheel of a boat or people hunting. The bill is named for 11-year-old Kile Glover as well as 9-year-old Jake and 13-year-old Griffin Prince. All three were killed in boating accidents on Lake Lanier in 2012. Prosecutors have charged the boater behind the Prince accident with boating under the influence.
The city council on Tybee Island has repealed a ban on drinking alcohol on the beach, though they say the ban was rarely enforced. An amended ordinance also officially legalizes drinking on public streets, parking lots and sidewalks, which has also been historically permitted.
Savannah officials are considering reversing a ban they put in place six years ago against people under 21 entering bars and nightclubs. The ban was aimed at curbing underage drinking and drug use. But City Council member Tony Thomas says police reports are showing the problems just moved to other areas where teenagers hang out.