The Department of Natural Resources said its officers arrested more people for boating under the influence on Georgia’s waterways this Memorial Day weekend than in 2012. According to Captain Mike England, head of DNR’s law enforcement division, there were 27 BUI arrests over the holiday weekend in 2012 and 42 arrests in 2013.
Derelict boats are littering Georgia's coast. Products of a dismal economy for boaters, these environmental hazards are costly to remove and no one seems to have money to do it. A new effort is putting a small dent in a big problem.
A grand jury has indicted a boater involved in a deadly crash on Lake Lanier who now faces homicide charges. The Times of Gainesville reports that a Hall County grand jury indicted Paul J. Bennett of Cumming in connection with the June 18 collision that killed 13-year-old Griffin Prince and his 9-year-old brother, Jake, both of Buford.
Governor Nathan Deal is calling for state lawmakers to pass legislation that would lower the legal blood alcohol limit levels for boaters and hunters in the wake of a tragedy on Lake Lanier that killed two brothers.
A coastal lawmaker says, Georgia is losing business from boaters who want to take up floating residences in the state. Woodbine Republican Jason Spencer introduced a bill in the state legislature to allow live-aboard boats. Georgia outlawed long-term boat stays 20 years ago out of concern for the human waste that some boaters dump in the water.