New river safety rules now in effect

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Grab those life jackets: the Fountain City is tightening rules for people who venture out on the Chattahoochee River.

Starting this week, the city is requiring life vests for anyone on the river between the North Highlands Dam and the Columbus Trade Center.

The law affects both people on boats and swimmers.

The changes are due in part to the whitewater rafting course. Officials say they're worried people will try to use it without flotation equipment.

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