National Safe Boating Week is from May 19-25; the purpose of the week is to raise awareness about safe boating practices. Memorial Day Weekend is the start of boating season for many Georgia residents.  Recreational boat users should follow these safety tips:

  • Wear a life jacket. Georgia law requires children under 10 to wear a life jacket while on a moving boat. The law also requires that you have a life jacket for every person on board the watercraft.
  • Designate a sober skipper.  Boat operators should have a clear head.  Drinking alcohol and taking drugs, including over-the-counter or prescription medications, can affect your judgment and vision.
  • Don’t overload your boat with equipment or people.  Check the capacity plate for the maximum amount of weight and people you can carry.
  • Carry a VHF Radio. A VHF radio allows for you to call for help to anyone in your area monitoring Channel 16, including the U.S. Coast Guard.
  • Get a vessel safety check. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the U.S. Power Squadrons both offer free Vessel Safety Checks.

For additional boating safety tips, visit the U.S. Coast Guard’s website at http://www.uscgboating.org.

If you or a loved has been injured in a boating accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries, lost wages and pain and suffering. Contact the personal injury lawyers at The Eichholz Law Firm.

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