Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
2070 U.S. Hwy. 278, SE, Social Circle, GA 30025
Make safety a priority before boating this upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend. Wear a life jacket, boat sober, take a boating safety course and review your safety check list encourages the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.
“We understand the urge to celebrate during the holidays. But, do not let the excitement of being out on the water deter you from your responsibility to your passengers and others on the water,” said Lt. Col. Jeff Weaver. “Your knowledge of boating rules and regulations is critical to ensure that everyone comes home safely at the end of the day.”
So far this year in Georgia, 25 boating incidents have resulted in 15 injuries and five boating incident-related fatalities. Additionally, there have been 14 drownings on public waters. Conservation rangers have issued 82 boating under the influence citations statewide.
Following are some of the many recommended safety rules for boat and personal watercraft (PWC) operators:
PWC operators also should be aware of these additional safety rules:
For more information, visit www.goboatgeorgia.com/boating/safety  . Several new videos have been created on recent and upcoming boating-related changes in Georgia, visit www.goboatgeorgia.com/new-boating-regulations-2013  to view.