Penalties (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-26)

Legal Commentary. Under Georgia law, the failure to follow the Georgia boating laws is punishable as a misdemeanor. By definition, a misdemeanor subjects the violator to a maximum $1,000.00 fine and one (1) year in jail.

As a Georgia boat accident lawyer, I encourage every boat operator in Georgia to obey the law for the sake of your own health and that of your passengers. Any criminal penalties pale in comparison to the tragedy of serious head injury or life-altering spine injury from a boating accident.

The full text of the law is set forth below:

Section O.C.G.A. § 52-7-26 Penalties

Except as otherwise provided in this article, any person who violates this article or any rule or regulation promulgated hereunder shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

HISTORY: Ga. L. 1960, p. 235, § 13; Ga. L. 1968, p. 487, § 12; Ga. L. 1973, p. 1427, § 25; Ga. L. 1983, p. 3, § 41; Ga. L. 1995, p. 236, § 3.