Video: Georgia Reckless and Negligent Operation
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I like to have fun when I’m out on the water. Oftentimes I see people doing things that look pretty dangerous. They’re either overloading the boat, or they’re riding on the bow, or they’re bringing skiers in too close. Would you consider that reckless behavior?
Sergeant Mike Burgamy
Yeah, it could be considered reckless. If you’re dropping skiers too close to the dock, if you’re splashing your buddy on a personal watercraft, that’s reckless. If you’re overloading the boat past the capacity plate’s recommendation, that can be dangerous. Also, if you’re letting someone ride the bow or gunwale of a boat without a retaining device—number one, it’s a violation. Two, it could be dangerous if they go overboard.
And these laws are just intended to keep people safe.
Absolutely. That’s the word that comes to mind: safety.