Increasing Child Safety on Georgia Waterways

Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 136 into law at Lake Lanier April 23, 2013. Sponsored by Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, SB 136 , also known as the Kyle Glover Boat Education Law and the Jake and Griffin BUI Law, makes several changes to state law that will enhance the safety of people enjoying Georgia’s waterways. 

Children’s is especially pleased with a particular section of the bill that raises the age requirement for a child to wear a lifejacket while on a boat from 10 to 13. 

We believe this bill includes many provisions that will serve to enhance the safety of children on our lakes and rivers, and we applaud the governor and the General Assembly for taking swift action on such an important issue.

The bill went into effect May 15, 2013.

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All children under 13 years old are required by Georgia law to wear a flotation device while on a moving boat.