Georgia state officials caution boaters to practice safety

September 2007 News

Conservation rangers also have issued 159 boating under the influence citations.

The state released these statistics in advance of the upcoming Labor Day weekend, urging boaters to practice safety on the water.

"Holiday weekends often mean increased use of public waterways-and that means an increased need for safety awareness from all boaters," said Col. Terry West, chief of law enforcement, in a statement. "As always, conservation rangers will continue to strictly enforce all boating laws in an effort to keep everyone safe, but we also encourage people to pay extra attention to others on the water."

The 100-foot law prohibits people from operating all vessels, including personal watercraft, at a speed greater than idle speed within 100 feet of any vessel that is moored, anchored or adrift outside normal traffic channels, or within 100 feet of any dock, wharf, pier, piling, bridge structure, person in the water or shoreline adjacent to a full-time or part-time residence, public park, public beach, public swimming area, marina, restaurant or other public use area, state officials remind boaters.

They also encourage the use of life jackets and navigation lights and advise boaters not to drink and boat or overload their boats with people or equipment.

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