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State Senator wants to crack down on drunken boating

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State leaders want to crack to down on people who drink and get the behind the wheel of a boat.

State Sen. Butch Miller, who chairs the Senate Majority Caucus, has introduced a bill that would lower the blood alcohol level for piloting a boat and for hunting to 0.08 percent.

"It takes the blood alcohol level for boating and lines it up with the blood alcohol level for driving under the influence," Miller said.

Two young boys were killed last summer, when a boat slammed into the one they were on.

Griffin Prince, 13, and 9-year-old brother Jake died after being thrown overboard.

Paul Bennett was charged with homicide and boating under the influence.

"That tragic accident brought this entire discussion forward," Miller said.

Gov. Nathan Deal, during his recent State of the State speech, urged lawmakers to pass legislation that would reduce the blood alcohol for boating under the influence to the same as for driving under the influence.

"Gov. Deal says if 0.08 is too drunk to drive, then it's too drunk to drive a boat and for hunting," said Brian Robinson, deputy chief of staff for communications for Gov. Deal. "people can see this is deadly and that we have senseless carnage when people drink and get behind the wheel of a boat."

Leaders from both chambers of the General Assembly support the measure.

Robinson said he expects lawmakers to approve the bill.

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