mostlycloudy
Friday February 12th, 2016 7:22AM

Safety emphasized as boating season begins

By Staff
GAINESVILLE - With Memorial Day weekend fast approaching, and with it the beginning of the summer boating season, one local organization is hoping to spread its message of boating safety to those planning on spending any length of time on Lake Lanier.

The Lake Lanier Association has recently distributed 10,000 boat decals that contain a number of safety rules that prospective boaters should follow.

Joanna Cloud, Executive Director of the Association, says the decals offer a handy resource for anyone who opts to go out on Lake Lanier.

"They're on the 'rules of the road' that we're asking people to be aware of when they go out there," she said. "We're actually asking people to adhere these decals to their boat dashboard."

One of the most important rules the Association says people should follow is also one of the most commonly ignored: the so-called "100-foot rule."

"You're supposed to maintain 100 feet of distance from the shoreline, stationary objects, persons in the water, or other vessels, and if you don't have 100 feet you're supposed to maintain idle speed or less," Cloud explained.

The Association recommends a boating safety course for anyone who elects to venture out on the waters.

Cloud added that for some boaters a safety course will soon become mandatory: "There's gonna be laws for kids born 1998 and forward as of July 1st, but it's really a good idea for everybody to take a boating safety course."

The law Cloud referenced states that all boat operators born on or after January 1, 1998, will be required to have completed a DNR-certified boater safety course before being allowed to operate a motorized vessel on any Georgia waters.
© Copyright 2016 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Grass fire impacts rush hour traffic on 985
Rush hour traffic on I-985 was slowed by a grass fire Wednesay afternoon with one lane closed while firefighters fought the blaze.
10:19PM ( 1 year ago )
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state.
10:02PM ( 1 year ago )
Sheriff: Man shot 2 on I-85 because he wanted car
A 22-year-old man shot two people who stopped to give him a ride on Interstate 85 in South Carolina on Christmas Eve because he wanted their car to drive to Georgia, a sheriff said Wednesday.
5:21PM ( 1 year ago )
Local/State News
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled for the crucial backing of black and Hispanic voters in Thursday night's Democratic debate and clashed heatedly over their support for Barack Obama
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled for the crucial backing of black and Hispanic voters in Thursday night's Democratic debate and clashed heatedly over their support for Barac...
11:37PM ( 7 hours ago )
South Hall wedding venue approved by county commissioners
The Hall County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a 42 acre tract of land in South Hall as an agri-entertainment venue to house weddings and other gatherings at its voting session Thursday night at the Hall County Government Center.
10:20PM ( 9 hours ago )
Atlanta police officer shot and killed in incident just south of Hartsfield-Jackson airport
A police officer in suburban Atlanta was shot twice and killed Thursday by a suspect who was also wounded during a law enforcement operation, authorities said.
By The Associated Press
9:28PM ( 9 hours ago )
More than 45 prison guards and officers in Georgia have been indicted on charges of accepting bribes and drug trafficking
ATLANTA (AP) — Dozens of Georgia prison guards agreed to protect drug smuggling operations for a high-level trafficker, believing their status as correctional officers would protect them from a vehicl...
4:59PM ( 14 hours ago )
Officials investigate suspicious fire, third in less than a week in Barrow County
While investigators believe it was internationally set, they don't believe a fire in a vacant mobile home Wednesday night is related to two suspicious weekend fires.
2:30PM ( 16 hours ago )