Boating during the winter months can still be great fun. But it’s still important to remember the need to follow safety protocols at all times due to the special dangers involved in boating during this time of year.
As the Christmas break begins, families head out to lakes across the state for their holidays. During this time, Lake Lanier and Lake Oconee, as well as other local boating communities, hold special holiday events that attract a number of people to the water. Many of these boaters will be new to the activity, thereby increasing the risk of negligent or dangerous boating practices. There is also the increased risk of people boating while intoxicated during the holidays. As with drunk driving in vehicles, drunk boating can also result in serious accidents, oftentimes resulting in fatal injuries.
While on the water, you should always adhere to the boating safety rules and regulations posted at the lake to avoid being injured a boating accident. The ice-cold water can pose special safety concerns that are not as present during the warmer months. These special dangers can threaten your life and the lives and safety of your loved ones.