Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
2070 U.S. Hwy. 278, SE, Social Circle, GA 30025
What are you doing for the Memorial Day weekend? If it involves heading to a local lake, you will be joining thousands on the water to celebrate. When making your plans, be sure to include time to review rules and regulations of safe boating.
According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division there were 112 boating incidents and 16 boating-related fatalities in 2013 in Georgia, and conservation rangers made 160 boating under the influence arrests.
“Your attention to safety rules and alertness to other people on the water can save lives,” said Col. Eddie Henderson, division director. “It is your role to be as safe as possible so you are in control of your vessel and anything unexpected that happens on the water.”
Following are some of the top safety rules:
About Safe Boating in Georgia
For more information about boating in Georgia, visit www.goboatgeorgia.com/boating  . Several videos on boating-related laws in Georgia, including the boater education requirement effective July 1, are available at www.georgiawildlife.com/new-boating-regulations-2013 .