Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials are stressing the importance of watercraft safety as Labor Day weekend approaches. Agency officials say there have been 68 boating incidents so far this year, including eight boating-related fatalities.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is offering a program for women looking to learn more about hunting, fishing and boating. Officials say casual classes are open to women of all ages and fitness levels and will focus on everything from shooting clays to birding.
The state Department of Natural Resources is offering birthday gifts to Georgia anglers. Department spokeswoman Melissa Cummings says beginning in July Georgia residents who have a boat registered with the state can fish on their birthday and for two days afterward as part of their boat registration fee.
State officials say they're taking a zero tolerance stance on drunk drivers and boaters during the Fourth of July. Officials from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Public Safety will tour the state Monday to remind Georgians that police will be on high alert for drunk drivers and boat operators this week.
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.
The Savannah-Chatham County police marine unit is offering a boating safety class next week aimed at teenagers who will soon be required to complete such a course to legally operate a boat in Georgia waters. The safety class requirement kicks in at the beginning of next year, when it will essentially affect boat operators age 16 and younger.