DNR gears up to enforce boating education rules


DNR gears up to enforce boating education rules

For the past two weeks, testimony in Hall County Superior Court has described a July 6, 2012, boating crash caused by negligence and recklessness.

A jury agreed, and Jeffrey Hubbard’s homicide by vessel conviction brought some comfort to the family of 11-year-old Kile Glover, his stepmother, Marsha Glover, said.

Now, the Department of Natural Resources is gearing up to promote and enforce the boating safety law named after Kile, with the goal of preventing deaths and injuries on the lake.

Lt. Col. Jeff Weaver, assistant director of the DNR’s law enforcement division, is the chief administrator of Georgia’s Boating Education Law, or “Kile’s Law,” as it’s now known.

“Safety, equipment, rules of navigation, safe operating procedures, some laws, when you need your lights, when you don’t, where you can ski,” Weaver listed as areas the soon-to-be-required course covers.

Under Kile’s Law, all vessel operators born on and after Jan. 1, 1998, are required to take and pass a boater safety education class. Every year, more people will be included in the requirement until, in theory, all of Georgia’s boat operators, young and old, have the certification.

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