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Hearing, trial set for man in June lake collision

A motions hearing and tentative trial date have been set for the Cumming man charged in connection with a June collision on Lake Lanier that killed two brothers from Buford.

Hall County District Attorney Lee Darragh said a motions hearing for Paul J. Bennett is scheduled for Jan. 31, and a trial date is scheduled for May 20. Bennett posted a $50,000 bond in August. Bennett's charges include first-degree homicide by vessel and boating under the influence after a June 18 collision that killed 13-year-old Griffin Prince and his 9-year-old brother, Jake, both of Buford.

Investigators have said Bennett piloted a boat that slammed into the Prince family's pontoon boat, which was carrying 12 people. It took dive crews nine days to find Griffin's body.

Gov. Nathan Deal has called on state lawmakers to lower the legal blood alcohol limit for boaters and hunters to 0.08 from 0.10.

Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, chairs a Lake Lanier Legislative Caucus, and she has said public safety regulations are under discussion, including talks of mandatory boating education and licensure.

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NewsReader 1 year, 4 months ago

Well, here's another grand solution from Renee Unterman. Let's have mandatory boating education and licensure. LOL, do ya think boating education and licensure is gonna fix the drunkisure (yes, I made that word up) problem? That's as about as useful as changing the legal alcohol limit from 0.10 to 0.08 for somebody with a measured alcohol level of 0.20! How about we just stiffen the penalties as in make them life changing harsh, make them mandatory, and set a few examples out of the first ones, and the rest will get the message. If you want to change the behavior, you have to make the behavior undesirable.

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