The Daily "Post" - June 20, 2012 - Tragedy on Lake Lanier

"I sincerely feel the grief for the people on the pontoon boat and wish them the best. A tragic accident that was unavoidable. One easy fix would be to ban all alcohol in any corps or state parks and ramps. Make it a $500 fine to even possess it in a boat leaving the ramp, none at all on the grounds!"

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blatl 3 years, 1 month ago

Unavoidable??? I presume you meant completely avoidable....the speeding boater was drunk!


teelee 3 years, 1 month ago

Just takes one drunk jerk to ruin everybody lives. Send him up the river without a paddle!(no pun intended) And we don't need more new laws on the lake, just enforce the ones we already have. Prayers for the victims and the families.

Don't do it!

Don't do it! by teelee


chasmcjr 3 years, 1 month ago

Exactly- we can't enforce all the laws we have now. Making more won't change anything. What is needed is resources all the way up the line- Police, prosecutors, judges, corrections, etc.


GwinnettGirl 3 years, 1 month ago

It would be extremely difficult to enforce banning all alcohol. Already, alcohol is not permitted in the Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds on Lake Lanier. But to ban alcohol on boats is not realistic and it it were to pass, there will always be those willing to take the risk. Just like people run the red light and text while driving. More realistic would be to pass a law that all those under age 21 must wear a life preserver after sunset. Once visibility has decreased on the lake at night, then cautionary measures must be increased. If the state can pass a law requiring seatbelts in cars and helmets on motorcycle drivers, then they can pass a law requiring life preservers.
Unfortunately, the parents of the 2 boys are suffering the worst tragedy ever - it might help to have something good come of such overwhelming & heartbreaking loss. One can only hope that love & support of family and friends will be with them every step of their grief journey.


jnmpatt 3 years, 1 month ago

This is truly tragic..pray for the family that lost these two children. It doesnt matter if you check cooler at ramps or what have you when you have a bar that hundreds of boats and boaters go in and out DRUNK at Sunset Cove.


mollyrose 3 years, 1 month ago

Why can't murder charges be brought against these cretins who insist on driving cars, boats, motorcycles when they are stinking drunk?Emphasis Better yet, if you want to drink, stay at HOME dammit! These poor little boys are dead and will never be on earth again, so the killer should be punished to the fullest extent, either life in prison without parole or execution. Drunken driving will not stop until we enact some stiff punishments. I stand behind this statement 100% That Paul Bennett guy should be on ghe way to jail without parole without bail without a trial. The killing he committed was witnessed by lots of people, so why try him? Drunks need no constitutional rights, they need to stop drinking and driving or be locked up forever. I am incensed he is out on bail/bond, living his life, while one boy is dead and the other presumed dead. Get rid of the bastards.


Don 3 years, 1 month ago

"One easy fix would be to ban all alcohol in any corps or state parks and ramps. Make it a $500 fine to even possess it in a boat leaving the ramp, none at all on the grounds!"

I do believe people are reading this out of text. It clearly states to make it a violation to have alcohol in a boat leaving a corp ramp.

If you choose to use a government ramp then having any alcohol would be a fine in a car or boat or PWC.

This never said to ban on boats in the water only ones that use the ramps to enter the water.

I bet if the DNR were to but ten new PWC's they could pay for them and the wages in one summer weekend of fines of BUI's just leaving Sunset Cove on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Road block on the lake!

And I use the lake!


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