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Fourth of July= crowded waterways

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Many people will enjoy their Fourth of July weekend by taking a trip on boat. Before you do, there are some things you need to remember to keep everyone safe.  

The Fourth of July sees the highest traffic of boaters on the waters and that's why the Department of Natural Resources is reminding boaters to be watchful of their surroundings.  

"Especially with the low water levels, vessels coming in contact with sandbars that have slightly submerged under water, failure to pay attention to regulatory markers," said Eric White, DNR Conservation Ranger.  

With increased traffic, more DNR rangers are expected to be out doing vigorous patrols.   "We're going to basically be all out on the lake. We're going to cover the northern parts of the county all the way down to the southern parts of the county," said White.

  While it's okay to have a drink while relaxing on the boat, make sure you're not the one operating the vessel. If you're blood alcohol level is .08 and higher, you could receive a boating under the influence citation.  

"We advise everybody that if they are going to be out here consuming alcohol while they are out on the water to have a designated boater. To make sure everyone has a safe an enjoyable trip out on the water," said White.  

Also be on the lookout for jet skiers and others who may not know how to operate on the water.   Last weekend's Operation Dry Water resulted in one  BUI citation at Lake Seminole.

 

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