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Increased monitoring on boating laws this weekend

Law enforcement says they'll be on the lakes in full force this Fourth of July weekend. There were 10 boating accidents in Georgia during last year's Independence Day weekend.

"I try to comply with every regulation. It's a lot cheaper to obey the rules," says boater Michael Smith.

While Lake Tobesofkee was fairly empty Thursday afternoon, it's expected to be buzzing with boats come July 4th.

"Especially when the fireworks start shooting off," says Ranger David Fisher. He'll be making sure the navigation lights on each boat are working properly.

One thing he says he won't be tolerating is boating and booze. Last July 4th weekend, DNR recorded 13 cases of boating under the influence.

"Lake Tobesofkee is unique in that alcohol is not allowed on the lake, but that does not mean people won't be out here trying to partake," says Fisher.

"You better keep your eyes open and leave the alcohol at home," says Smith.

Those who are caught over the .08 limit, the same for a car driver, will be arrested and transported to jail.

With the Fourth of July being a family holiday, DNR wants to remind you that all kids under the age of 13 must have on life vests.

If you don't know all of the voting laws, they'll be happy to give you the boating laws and responsibilities handbook. It contains everything you need to keep safe and responsible this weekend.

One law that came into effect July 1st is the Kile Glover Law.

Anyone born on or after January 1 1998 is required to take a boating education course in order to operate a motorized vessel on state waters," says Fisher.

They will be required to show their certificate. Fisher says that law amongst others will be enforced this weekend.

You can take that test online, or in person at a Department of Natural Resources office.


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