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Alcohol was a factor in a 2008 boat crash on Lake Seminole, in which six people were injured Alcohol was a factor in a 2008 boat crash on Lake Seminole, in which six people were injured
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ATLANTA (AP) - Hunters, and anyone driving a water vessel in Georgia, would face lower blood-alcohol limits under a proposal that has cleared the Georgia House of Representatives.

 The proposal would lower the current blood-alcohol limit from .10 percent to .08 percent, where it already stands for anyone operating a motor vehicle on Georgia roads.

Senate Bill 136 cleared the House with little opposition. Because of House changes, it now must go back to the Senate for further consideration.

"Lowering the percentage statute this will make it in conjunction and exactly what the driving under the influence statue says," Said DNR Captain Jeff Swift. "At .08, it will allow us to get boaters off the water at a lower level before they become as much of a danger to the general public as they are at a point one zero."

Gov. Nathan Deal highlighted the proposal in his State of the State address in January. The governor said at the time that anyone who is too drunk to drive on the road is too drunk to drive on the water.

The act comes after high-profile deaths on Lake Lanier.

Alcohol was a factor in a 2008 boat crash on Lake Seminole, in which six people were injured.

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