New boating laws take effect

New boating laws take effect

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Warmer weather means more traffic on Georgia waterways. New boating restrictions went into effect in Georgia on Wednesday.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and law enforcement officials gathered at the Laurel Park boat ramp to mark the new law on Wednesday.  He signed the safety measure into law last month.

The new law lowers the blood alcohol level for boaters to the same level -- .08 -- that applies for driving a car. He said it was now up to police to enforce the new standard on the water.

"It is also imperative on the public to embrace that standard. To let it be known that drinking and driving a boat is just as unacceptable as drinking and driving an automobile," Deal said.

The loss of three young people last summer spurred the new law. Kile Glover and brothers Jake and Griffin Prince died in separate incidents on Lake Lanier.

The new law also establishes training requirements for younger boats and requires anyone under 13 to wear a life jacket while on a boat.

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