Ga. DNR Reports Final July 4th Weekend Numbers

The final numbers for the July 4th holiday weekend from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources show a drop in BUI reports from the last time the 4th was adjacent to a weekend.

From Friday to Sunday, the DNR said it had 36 reports of Boating Under the Influence.

That is less than 44 BUI reports in 2011, which was the last time that July 4th fell adjacent to a weekend.

DNR Spokesman Mark McKinnon said Rangers worked around the clock in many areas this weekend to try and keep the waters safe.

The DNR is reporting two serious boating incidents, one near Little Tybee Island and the other on Lake Allatoona.

McKinnon said that DNR Rangers will continue to patrol and educate the public on boating and water safety throughout the summer.

That includes informing people of requirements under the new boater education law.

That law took effect on July 1 and says that anyone born on or after January 1, 1998 must take an approved boating safety class before operating a boat or personal watercraft on Georgia waters.

The law went on to say that people must then carry proof with them that they have taken that class when on the lake.