ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Labor Day weekend will be one of the busiest for Georgia Department of Natural Resources officers, as they work to keep safety on the front of everyone's mind.
Blythe Henderson took her kayak out on the water Friday, ahead of busier times Friday and Saturday.
"[It means] less boaters, a little more safety for kayakers," she noted.
Wayne Prioleau did his boating Friday for the same reason, to avoid the crowds.
"Last three weekends been pretty crowded out here. You can imagine tomorrow and Sunday. You won't even find a parking spot down here on the dock," he said.
DNR Rangers held planning sessions Friday morning, to prepare for patrolling 29 counties in their district over the long holiday weekend.
They will patrol the waterways as well as monitoring three hunting seasons.
"We have dove season that is coming in starting [Saturday] at noon time. We have a geese season that starts [Saturday] one half hour before sunrise. And also we have alligator season still in," said Georgia Department of Natural Resources Corporal Robbie Griner.
All the DNR rangers will be on duty for the entire holiday weekend, and they warn they will be on the lookout for boating under the influence.
Prioleau agreed with the rangers. The majority of boaters don't want people on the water while drinking.
"We don't. This is for enjoyment, and [when] you mix alcohol and fun it's no good," Priolueau said. "So the best thing is to come out, enjoy the water. Leave the alcohol at home till you get done."
DNR Rangers said they will be enforcing the BUI laws strictly, and that includes people skiing or tubing behind the boat. It is illegal to both drive or be pulled behind a boat if you have been drinking.