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Law enforcement unites against drunk driving, boating

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Officials from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Department of Public Safety and the Governor's Office of Highway Safety are teaming up to fight drinking and driving…but not just on the roadways.

Because of a recent tragedy on Lake Lanier, the boating under the influence limit has been lowered to 0.08, the same as on the roadways.

This goes in to effect Wednesday May 15 and officials believe it will increase safety on waterways.

We spoke with Mark McDonough, a commissioner from the Department of Public Safety who tells us that on average, a person commits the offense of DUI 88 times before they are actually caught.

He says this number may be even higher on the water, since most use it for recreation.

"It's just as important whether you are behind the wheel of an automobile or behind the wheel of a water craft that you are operating that not under the influence," said McDonough. "We don't accept it on the roadways, why should it be accepted on the waterways?"

Mark McDonough says this partnership also makes sense because you have to use roads to get to and from the water. 

They plan to have more road checks and safety checks specific to DUI.

You can expect to see law enforcement looking for those who may be under the influence at boat ramps and roads that lead to waterways.

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