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Tougher boating under the influence law to go into effect

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Some big changes take effect this week for anyone getting out on the water. The state is stiffening its boating laws.

A tougher boating under the influence law goes into effect on Wednesday. It lowers the legal blood alcohol level of a boat driver to .08 -- the same level as a driver of a car.

The new law is named after Jake and Griffin Prince. The Prince family was riding a red pontoon boat when a suspected drunk boater slammed into them last summer. Brothers Jake and Griffin of Buford both died. Investigators say Paul Bennett was intoxicated when he hit them.  His trial is set for sometime in May.

"It really makes us want to go out there and make sure something like that doesn't happen to somebody else," said Sgt. Mike Burgamy with the Department of Natural Resources.
DNR Marine officers hope the new law makes Georgia's waterways safer.

"We are serious about alcohol enforcement. When it comes to boating you can't be too safe," said Burgamy.

Georgia officials plan to start a statewide tour on Tuesday to get the word out on the new boating under the influence law.

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