The only thing I disagree in here is that I think windsurfers should have to wear a jacket also, but how many people would this really affect.
I don't think that it would be necessary to have everyone on a boat wear a jacket. I believe this would probably kill the boating on this lake and all for the expense of maybe saving 1 person who would have died from drowning, which would probably be related to swimming anyway.
I agree that should be stopped before it would become state wide.
Again, I rarely go boating so I don't really care if this becomes reality or not, but there are lots of PFD options like above that don't restrict movement and still allow you to get 90% of the sun/breeze you want when you're on a boat. As for the ladies, tell them to wear this instead of a bikini top. Problem solved. Hell, give them enough beer and they'll probably let you inspect it for fit.
The PFD pictured is good for people who work on the water and need the additional range of motion, but it's actually one of the worst for safety, especially for kids.
I would bet that most of the drownings on our lakes are related to people falling in the water and being rendered unconscious by hitting their head on the side of the boat or the bottom of the lake or being severely inebriated. Since that PFD must be manually deployed to be effective, it is not helpful in any of those cases unless someone else is able to deploy it for the victim.
I think a law like this would be ok if it were for minors and was only in effect while the boat was actually moving at wake speed, i.e., if you are anchored, trolling, or adrift you are not required to wear a life jacket.
I think this would be awesome. To have it nationwide. Anyone on a boat has to have a life jacket on. It would be worth it to see how the riverboat casinos deal with that.
In all seriousness though, I just don't get the over protection that is running amuck in our society lately. Kids, yes, but once you are 18 it should be your choice. I can't help but think there is alterior motives to this though. They either see this as agood way to generate some more cash, through tickets or a way to do more boat searches.
And yes, this will definitely impact recreational boating. I'm not a big boating guy as it is, but if I had to wear a life jacket the entire time I was on one, forget it. I'll stay on the land.
Riverboat casinos are exempt from all laws mandated on other businesses/persons. See smoking law for reference.
That rug really tied the room together, did it not dude?
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