The new restrictions memorialize Kile Glover and two brothers, Jake and Griffin Prince, who died in boating accidents in Lake Lanier last year.
The Princes died in June after an allegedly intoxicated boater slammed into their family’s pontoon boat as it cruised at night. Glover, the son of R&B singer Usher’s former wife, died in July after a boater ran over him and a 15-year-old girl while they were being towed on an inner tube behind a pontoon boat.
Their relatives sat quietly in the front row as Deal signed the legislation into law. The governor, not exactly known for public displays of emotion, had to pause and collect himself as he spoke of the need for the tighter restrictions.
“I sign this bill for all the Kiles, all the Jakes and all the Griffins in this state,” he said.
Tameka Raymond, Glover’s mother, said she viewed the new law as a legacy for her son.
“I hope that this will never have to impact another family,” she said. “Kile is not the first to die in this type of tragedy, but hopefully he will be the last.”