Georgia Senate Bill 136 was signed into law on April 23, 2013. Part of this new Georgia Law, amended the requirement dealing with children and Personal Flotation Devices while on a moving vessel.
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Georgia Code Section 52-7-8 was amended to require a child under the age of 13 to wear a lifejacket/ personal flotation device. This was an increase from the previous requirement of the child being under the age of 10. The legislative intent was child safety in light of tragic boating deaths that occurred on Lake Lanier in 2012.
The signed law reads as follows:
Chapter 7 of Title 52 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to registration, operation, and sale of watercraft, is amended by revising paragraph (3) of subsection (d) of Code Section 52-7-8, relating to classification of vessels and required equipment, as follows:
“(3) No person shall operate a moving vessel upon the waters of this state with a child under the age of ten 13 years on board such vessel unless the such child is wearing an appropriately sized personal flotation device, as required by this subsection to be on board the vessel. This requirement shall not apply when the child is within a fully enclosed roofed cabin or other fully enclosed roofed compartment or structure on the vessel.”
Hopefully, this new Georgia Law on personal flotation devices will help prevent child injuries and deaths. Remember that regardless of whether you are an adult or a child, the most effective lifejacket is the one you actually wear.
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