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Strengthening Boating Safety Through Licensing

August 7, 2012
From her boat, a woman watches another pass by.

As families and state officials reflect on this year's fatal boating accidents on Lake Lanier, public safety advocates have begun calling for stricter regulation of recreational waterways. By requiring boaters to apply for licenses, much in the same way drivers do, advocates hope to curb boating accidents.

In this same spirit of strengthening safety on waterways, Governor Nathan Deal and House Speaker David Ralston have recently announced that next legislative session they'll support a bill to lower the acceptable blood alcohol limit for boaters from .10 to .08. This change will hold boaters accountable to the same standards drivers follow on roadways. 

If you're a boater concerned about waterway safety, enroll in or encourage your friends and family to enroll in safety courses approved by the Department of Natural Resources. You'll have the option of taking the courses online or in person, and the prices are reasonable, ranging from $15 to $36. For many of the courses offered, you'll only pay if you pass.