Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Personal Watercraft Industry’s Model Legislation

Excerpt from U.S. Coast Guard Proceedings of the Marine Safety & Security Council magazine by Ms. Maureen A. Healey

Executive Director, Personal Watercraft Industry Association

The personal watercraft (PWC) industry supports strong boating laws and their strict enforcement, as well as mandatory boater education for operators.

To do our part, the industry encourages state lawmakers to enact industry-backed model legislation that encourages all states to set a minimum age of 16 to operate a PWC (18 for rentals) and requires all personal watercraft operators, regardless of age and experience, to pass a boater education course.

In addition, the industry advocates for personal watercraft use only during daylight hours; laws against reckless operation; and rules regarding operation within 100 feet of shore, anchored boats, piers, or swimmers.

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