No, not for the DUI checkpoints that will be cropping up over Labor Day weekend, but boats off the coast.
Speed limits for ships in waters off the Georgia coast will be regulated if a new federal rule designed to save right whales goes into effect.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service has entered the final step of the environmental impact statement for its proposed Ship Strike Reduction Rule. The restriction will effectively lower vessel speeds to 10 knots – about 11.5 mph – in vital right whale calving grounds near the Georgia and Florida coasts and whale feeding grounds in the Northeast.
The rule will also apply to the mid-Atlantic region, extending 20 miles off the coast.