Sen. Butch Miller Recognized for Strengthening Boating Safety Laws

ATLANTA (October 31, 2013) – Senator Butch Miller (R-Gainesville) was recently recognized at the 2013 Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County Volunteer Appreciation Banquet for his efforts to strengthen Georgia’s boating safety laws. Safe Kids Board Member and Hall County Attorney John Breakfield received the award on Senator Miller’s behalf.

“Legislation like this is easy to pass because it’s the right thing to do,” said Senator Butch Miller. “The passage of Senate Bill 136 provides a positive step toward strengthening Georgia boating safety laws and preventing senseless tragedies from occurring in the first place.”

During the 2013 Session, Senator Butch Miller was a vocal proponent and key sponsor of Senate Bill 136, the Kile Glover Boat Education Law and the Jake Griffin Prince BUI Law.

Taking effect May 15, 2013, the “Kile Glover Boat Education Act and Jake and Griffin Prince BUI Law” reduced the legal blood alcohol limit from 0.10 to 0.08 for hunting or boating while under the influence. This legislation also increases the penalties for boating while under the influence and requires certain individuals to complete a boating education course prior to operating personal watercraft.

“Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County recognized Senator Miller at the 2013 Safe Kids Volunteer Appreciation Banquet for his tireless efforts to strengthen Georgia’s boating safety laws. As a result of this legislation, Georgia children and families will remain safe while navigating Georgia’s lakes and waterways,” said Kimberly Martin, LPN, Coalition Coordinator at Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County.

One of more than 600 grassroots coalitions in 20 counties, Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County provides safety-related resources and support to families across Northeast Georgia. Specifically, Safe Kids of Gainesville/Hall County works with the Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s Emergency Departments to track injury rates and prevent accidental injuries.

For Immediate Release:
October 31, 2013

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