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July 4, 2007

Lake Blackshear -- Thousands of south Georgians are out and about celebrating the birth of our nation.

While July 4th means good outdoor fun, it's also time to use extra caution on the roadways and waterways.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources Rangers are heavily patrolling lakes today to make sure boaters, jet skiers, and swimmers are safe.

While you always need to obey the rules and regulations anytime you're on the water DNR officials warn that when sun goes down, strict enforcement goes up.

"You need to make sure that your lights are operational before you get out here. If we see that they're not working like their supposed to, we're going to ask you to leave," says Georgia DNR Ranger, Tommy Lawrence.

The DNR says so far this year  there have been 28 drowning's and 96 boating under the influence charges on Georgia lakes and rivers.

More than eight thousand boaters were expected to be on Lake Blackshear today alone.

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