December 17, 2010
Mandatory Lifejackets for All?
According to an article that I recently read the National Recreational Safe Boating commission met this week and one of their main focuses was a test program run by the Army Corps of Engineers which has mandated wearing jackets on many of the corps lakes. Corps spokesperson, Lynda Nutt, said that she was pleased with the results of the program in 2010 and wants to expand the program in 2011. The Corps reported that they implemented this through educating the surrounding communities and it was well received. Additionally they reported that lake use was up. However many boating advocacy groups strongly disagree and continue to push back in proposed test areas such as Iowa, Ohio and California. The most stringent program yet was proposed for a lake near Fresno, CA which mandates that all boaters, regardless of the size of the vessel, along with those swimming more than 100 yards offshore, must wear a lifejacket. Reportedly the response and reaction of the community will be closely monitored. This program and the impending new laws will be closely monitored by many groups. Click here for more information from the Army Corps.
Posted by ribcraftusa at December 17, 2010 10:44 AMBack To Index