Labor Day weekend is a momentous occasion that often serves as the official goodbye to summer. If you’re like many Georgians, you prefer to spend the holiday with your toes in the water at Lake Lanier. It’s easy to cut loose when everything seems to be taken care of and your to-do list of picking up hot dog buns, ice, and beer is all crossed off. One thing you may have forgotten to add to that list is a sober driver for your boat.

It is a common misconception that boating under the influence is dissimilar to driving under the influence. However, the hard facts tell otherwise. The number of BUIs has notably increased since last summer, when Jake and Griffin Pearce were tragically struck and killed on Lake Lanier by a boater under the influence of alcohol. With 8 million people coming to the Atlanta-area lake each year, safe and sober boating is essential to the security of both the passengers of your boat and boaters surrounding you.

When you or your intended driver has overindulged, your choices have traditionally beenlimited to waiting it out until you are sober and able to drive (which should be tested with a breathalyzer) or choosing a designated driver.  Recently an Atlanta area company has expanded those options with SAFENAV. This company’s drivers travel through the lake in a small dinghy, which attaches to the customer in need of a safe boat and provides a ride back to shore. The company’s $125 for a boat pick up and drive back is justifiable when considering the protection they provide a would-be unsafe driver from getting a BUI, spending a fortune paying for fines and DUI School, increased insurance, or harming a fellow lake-goer.

If alcohol will be part of your Labor Day celebration make sure to plan ahead and consume responsibly. While boat-on-boat collisions remain rare at about five per year, dozens of people each year are injured or killed by reckless drivers. The last thing you want to do is be one of them, on either end.

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