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May 15, 2013

Joint enforcement campaign warns boaters and drivers

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MILLEDGEVILLE —

Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety Col. Mark McDonough said the equal enforcement playing field should not be lost on the public. The GSP leader said DUIs account for a third of all traffic fatalities.

DNR Rangers and State Troopers mean serious business this summer. McDonough said the open lake expanses make the alcohol issue just as, or more important, than roadway settings.

“Alcohol impairs the senses of the individual. We all come to the lake to have fun,” McDonough said. “Part of our culture is to drink a cold one while we do it, but it’s unacceptable to do that and operate a boat.”

Last year, the Sinclair region tallied 13 total BUIs. One is too many according to state agencies.

With Memorial Day coming soon, Blackwood wants this to be the safest summer ever.

“We want you to go enjoy visiting beautiful places like this in our state, but we want you to come home safely.”

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