Hundreds of people gathered on Georgia’s waterways to celebrate Fourth of July weekend, and while July 4th maybe over, the partying definitely isn’t.
Ranger Bobby Timmerman, with Georgia Department of Natural Resources, says he thinks tonight will be the most crowded.
“We haven’t had any issues yet, as of today, but the boating traffic is heavy,” Timmerman says.
Timmerman says after Operation Dry Water was put in effect, last weekend, people have started paying more attention to the waterways. Operation Dry Water is a nationwide campaign DNR does, the weekend before July 4th, to raise awareness on the dangers of drinking and boating.
“We stopped several boats yesterday and people saw it on the news, they saw it on our website, talking about boating under the influence, and they appointed designated boat operators,” Timmerman says.
As of July 5th Timmerman only reported to people arrested for drinking while operating a boat. He also says there were no injuries or fatalities on July 4th, which he credits to Operation Dry Water.
“I felt like it was a good weekend, most of the folks we stopped did have designated drivers, or were keeping their drinking to a minimum,” Timmerman said.
Timmerman says most boating accidents are caused by careless drivers, not paying attention. He also says alcohol plays a part in incidents.