May 11, 2013

Officials educating boaters on new alcohol law

— ATLANTA (AP) — State officials and Gov. Nathan Deal are scheduled to tour Georgia this week to educate boaters on new laws scheduled to take effect Wednesday.

Officials from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety are scheduled to speak Tuesday and Wednesday at several marinas to remind boaters that a law passed during the recent legislative session sets a .08 blood-alcohol limit for boat operators, hunters and other sportsmen.

Officials are slated to speak Tuesday in Columbus, Fort Gaines, Cordele and Milledgeville. Officials will speak in Savannah and Augusta Wednesday and Deal is also expected to speak in Gainesville.

Among other things, the legislation was drafted in response to several high-profile deaths on Lake Lanier.