Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
2070 U.S. Hwy. 278, SE, Social Circle, GA 30025
As expected, the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend is sure to be a busy one on Georgia’s lakes and waterways, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division. Conservation Rangers will do their best to ensure the safety of everyone on the water and boaters are strongly encouraged to remain alert and aware at all times.
So far this year in Georgia, there have been 48 boating incidents resulting in 16 injuries and 7 boating incident-related fatalities. Additionally, there have been 22 drownings on public waters. Conservation Rangers have issued 79 boating under the influence citations statewide.
“It is easy to get caught up in the casual spirit of being out on the lake and having a great time – but let us provide a special message to the boat operator,” says Assistant Chief of Law Enforcement Lt. Col. Jeff Weaver. “Don’t allow interest in having a great time deter you from your responsibility of being vigilant for the safety of your passengers and for others on the water. These people are in your hands and we want you to take that seriously.”
Following are some of the many recommended safety rules for boat and PWC operators:
PWC operators should also be aware of these additional safety rules:
For more information on boating safety, visit www.goboatgeorgia.com  or call a DNR Law Enforcement office: Northwest Georgia (770) 769-9680; Northeast Georgia (770) 535-5499; Central East Georgia (706) 595-4211; Central West Georgia (478) 751-6415; Southeast Georgia (912) 685-2145; Southwest Georgia (229) 430-4252; Coastal Georgia (912) 264-7237.