CBS Atlanta came out this weekend to cover a boating safety event at Sunset Cove, one of our premier hotspots on the lake. Lake Lanier officials hosted the event to promote awareness of two law changes for boaters.
First, the blood alcohol content for boat drivers has been lowered from .1 to .08, which is the same level for drivers on land.
“From .08 to .1 is a big jump in the level of impairment so it will be really nice to have that law consistent with what we have on the highway,” said Jason Roberson with the Department of Natural Resources.
If you’re planning on partying on the lake, then plan on a designated captain as well.
Second, kids up to age 13 are required to wear a life jacket. That’s up from the old law, wear kids up to 10 had to wear them.
This one is important, too, according to Gabriela Panasiuk of West Marine, because “Even at the age of 13 you really aren’t a fantastic swimmer. You don’t have lung capacity to hold breath for a very long time. You don’t really have the strength to swim to shore if you needed to.”
The safety event also covered refresher topics like applying adequate sunscreen, boat maintenance, and keeping safe distance between boats.
“We’re reminding people of the 100 foot rule. It seems simple, but you would be surprised how many people violate it. If people would just stay a hundred feet away from stationary objects and people in the water it would solve a lot of problems here,” said Joanna Cloud with the Lake Lanier Association.
So stay safe out there, boaters! Designate a captain, keep that blood alcohol content below .08, wear those life jackets, apply that sunscreen, keep those boats up to code, and remember the 100 foot rule!
To read more about the event, check out CBS Atlanta’s story here.