DNR officials encouraging boating safety

DNR officials encouraging boating safety
Officials said they will be out on the water this summer. (Source: WALB)
DNR Game Warden Eric White said officials were on the water over the weekend. (Source: WALB)
DNR Game Warden Eric White said officials were on the water over the weekend. (Source: WALB)
Hundreds of people enjoy South Georgia waterways during the summer months. (Source: WALB)
Hundreds of people enjoy South Georgia waterways during the summer months. (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It was a busy weekend on the water in Dougherty and Lee counties.

Rangers with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said they saw a lot of boaters beating the heat. The majority were following the law.

But officials want to remind you of a few major rules.

  • Don't drink and drive on the water
  • Know how to operate the boat if you are driving it
  • Know the area you are traveling
  • Make sure kids under 16 are wearing a life jacket when the boat is moving

"We don't have to have a violation to stop someone," explained DNR Game Warden Eric White. "We can do a safety equipment check on a boat. If we do that and find that operator is not safe to operate that vessel or under the influence of alcohol, then we can handle the situation accordingly."

If you see something out of the ordinary on the water you can call 911 or the state operations center at 1-800-241-4113.

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