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DNR: No boating injuries on Lanier, BUIs match last year

POSTED: July 7, 2017 1:59 p.m.
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The Georgia Department of Natural Resources made the same number of boating under the influence arrests this holiday period as it did last year, but no one was reported injured from boating incidents.

DNR made 10 BUI arrests on Lake Lanier between Saturday and Tuesday, which matched the totals from July 2-4 in 2016.

There were, however, only four boating incidents on Lake Lanier this year with no injuries. In 2016, DNR logged eight boating incidents on Lake Lanier leading to 10 injuries.

"I think the numbers are down because we have really been promoting boating and swimming safety the last few months. We hope people are heeding our messages," DNR spokesman Mark McKinnon wrote in an email. "One bad choice, like not wearing a life jacket or operating the boat while impaired, can turn a fun day at the lake into a tragedy."

McKinnon said none of the 2017 boating incidents were serious, with three of them happening on Tuesday.

According to the Hall County jail log, there were three BUI arrests and seven DUI arrests between Monday and Wednesday morning.

 

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