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BUI count low for holiday weekend

Officers out in Bainbridge were also stopping boats Monday to make sure everyone is boating safely. (Source: WALB) Officers out in Bainbridge were also stopping boats Monday to make sure everyone is boating safely. (Source: WALB)
The Department of Natural Resources said they have seen a lower number of Boating Under the Influence violations this holiday weekend. (Source: WALB) The Department of Natural Resources said they have seen a lower number of Boating Under the Influence violations this holiday weekend. (Source: WALB)
"Most boating accidents are caused usually by alcohol related just like in the car," said Tony Cox, Ranger. "Most boating accidents are caused usually by alcohol related just like in the car," said Tony Cox, Ranger.
BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) -

The Department of Natural Resources said they have seen a lower number of Boating Under the Influence violations this holiday weekend.

Officers out in Bainbridge were also stopping boats Monday to make sure everyone is boating safely.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has one goal every 4th of July – to keep everyone safe on the water.

"The most dangerous to boating public is the BUIs. So with those on the water we want to make sure the public is safe and they create the most boating accidents most likely. Most boating accidents are caused usually by alcohol related just like in the car," said Tony Cox, Ranger.

The DNR for the state of Georgia is divided up into seven regions. Southwest Georgia is region number five.

Last year region five had 18 BUI's last year. This 4th of July weekend, the DNR is reported three BUI's as of 8 p.m. Sunday night.

Monday, they were out on the water hoping to keep that number low.

"The BUIs here have went down a little more. There is still alcohol on the water but we are seeing a lot more designated drivers. And that's mainly what we are after. We want to make sure everybody is safe and we want to make sure everybody goes home at night," said Cox. 

The first stops of the day were for safety violations.

A frequent violation was children under the age of 12 not wearing life vests, something the DNR said is extremely important especially during holiday weekends.

"And usually these are signs. I won't say all the time but these, are good indicators that somebody is using alcohol or drugs and it gives us time to stop a boat and have a good encounter or sometimes a bad encounter," said Cox.

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