cw69 92-9thegame-vertical2 waok

News

State Officials Urge Safety As Holiday Approaches

View Comments
(Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials are stressing the importance of watercraft safety as Labor Day weekend approaches.

Agency officials say there have been 68 boating incidents, eight boating-related fatalities and 22 people have drowned in Georgia waterways this year. Officials say conservation rangers have also handed out 140 boating under the influence citations.

Boaters are encouraged to establish designated operators — similar to designated drivers — and take a boating safety course.

Officials say boaters and children should always wear lifejackets while they’re on the water, and operators should avoid overloading their watercrafts with people or equipment.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus