State sees more drownings this year; boating accidents down | AccessNorthGa

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State sees more drownings this year; boating accidents down | AccessNorthGa

ATLANTA (AP) — Tougher laws have led to a decline in boating accidents and incident-related fatalities for a second straight year in Georgia, but not all the numbers are promising.

Boating under the influence citations are up, and there’s been a significant uptick in drownings – 33 so far in 2014, up from 22 the year before.

Still, the overall trend lines are moving in the right direction. There have been only six boating incident-related fatalities in 2014, one-third the annual average of 18 since 1985. While the drownings have risen since 2013, the totals are still well below the average of 52 each of the past 15 years, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The uptick in BUIs reflect new laws that lowered the blood-alcohol content threshold from .10 to .08, state law enforcement officials say, but the 158 citations issued is still a far cry from the annual average of 274 over the last two decades.

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