With the weather warming up, more and more people will be hitting the water in their boats and there’s a change you need to know about it.
Law enforcement officials make a stop in Chatham County Wednesday to make everyone aware of that change, which is the blood alcohol concentration level for boaters is now .08 instead of point .10.
The new regulation was passed by the Georgia General Assembly, takes effect May 15 and matches the legal limit for those driving cars.
“The whole goal is safety,” said Harris Blackwood, Director of Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. “We have people killed as a result of drunk drivers and drunk boaters and the goal is to make the road ways and the water ways as safe as possible for all who use them.”
“We want individuals when they go out and go boating to have a good time,” said Col. Eddie Henderson of Ga. Dept. of Natural Resources. “Be safe, insure that they’ve got a designated boat operator so that they come home safely.”
Also beginning Monday, state law enforcement agencies will launch 100 Days of Heat, lasting through Labor Day focusing on drunk driving, seat belt and child seat enforcement.