Boaters on Lake Lanier Urged to Use Practice Safe Boating
Georgia - According to Gwinnettdailypost.com, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is asking boaters on Lake Lanier to practice safe boating along the lake as the summer kicks off this Memorial Day weekend.*
Law enforcement is cautioning voters to drive safely, properly examine their boat for explosion risks or fires, and to watch out for swimmers along the waters of Lake Lanier. This summer is expected to be a very busy season following the coronavirus pandemic last year.
Lake Lanier has already had boating accidents this year that have resulted in seven injuries, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Tragically there have also been drownings in 2021.
The two most common incidents along Lake Lanier include drownings and boating accident fatalities. One of the most common ways people drowned, according to DNR spokesman Mark Mackinnon is when people are thrown from a moving boat drown. Mr. Mackinnon said that the other day their officer stopped a boat that was riding without a driver. The boat was in motion and gear, but nobody was operating the vessel.
Boaters are asked to practice the "hundred-foot rule," which means all boaters observe at least a 100-foot distance between other moving boats or swimmers.
Georgia DNR game wardens are law enforcement officers who also have the ability to place offenders under arrest for criminal activity along the lake. All state law enforcement agencies are hoping that people will observe the rules of the road along tall waterways and roadways.
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