Atlanta, Ga. - Reports released from Georgia State Marines and the Department of Natural Resources stated that there is a specific mission for the lakes and other waterways this Fourth of July Weekend in Georgia. The mission is “Operation Dry Water.”
The goal is to reduce the number of alcohol-related incidents on Georgia waterways. Colonel Thomas Barnard with the Georgia Law Enforcement Division stated, “In 2019, there were 69 deaths on Georgia's waterways. So far this year we've had 31 Georgians die from either boat crashes or drownings.”
Many Metro Atlantans will be traveling to the various lakes and waterways across the state of Georgia this weekend to celebrate Independence Day. And unfortunately, many people are unaware of Georgia's laws on boating under the influence and BUI penalties.
If charged with a BUI in Georgia, just as with a DUI in Georgia, you only have 10 days to file an appeal to continue your boating privilege. Otherwise, that privilege will be suspended for up to one year. Unlike in a driving case, after the 10 days, your boating privilege will still be suspended up and until you have a an administrate hearing. At the hearing, the DNR Ranger is represented by the Georgia Attorney General's Office, and it is taken very seriously.
Officers will also be on the lookout for anyone violating social distancing orders. They warned that boaters need to maintain a safe distance at docks, marinas, and boat ramps.
Of course the goal of everyone's Fourth of July Weekend is to have fun and celebrate. This also means that safety needs to be a top priority. Wearing a life jacket and obeying both state and local laws should be at the top of everyone's lists.
As an Atlanta DUI Lawyer, I am familiar with the slew of issues that accompany BUI cases in the state of Georgia. If you or a loved one has been arrested or cited for BUI, call our offices now. We can help you today.