In a note of thanks to divers, law enforcement personnel and volunteers who worked to recover the body of Griffin Prince from Lake Lanier, Gov. Nathan Deal this morning said he would back a lowering of legal blood alcohol limits for boaters and hunters.
“The current blood alcohol limit of .10 for boating and hunting is far too high. As a state, we need to have one level across the board. When the General Assembly convenes in January, I will work with the House and Senate to pass legislation that lowers the legal limit to .08 for boating and hunting – in line with the legal limit for driving a vehicle. As governor it is my priority to protect Georgians to the best of my ability and enforce the law. Far too many tragedies have occurred as a result of boating under the influence, and we must take the necessary steps to keep people safe.”
The body of 13-year-old Griffin Prince was found Wednesday evening in the murky waters of Lake Lanier, nine days after the child was killed along with his brother in a boating accident.
State Department of Natural Resources investigators have not yet decided whether to file charges against Paul Bennett, a Cumming salon owner who was piloting the boat that collided with the Prince’s boat. Bennett, 44, has already been charged with boating under the influence and could face homicide charges, according to the DNR.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider