With more than 100 boaters killed in the 23 lakes that surround Tulsa during the last six years, legislators are looking to tighten up boating safety regulations.
The Oklahoman reports that instead taking drastic measures like banning alcohol from boats and requiring lifejacket use at all times, lawmakers are hoping a safety better education will curtail the problem. State Representative Pat Ownbey created a law requiring boaters born before a certain date to attend an educational class before being able to hit the water. The free six hour course is available across the state from October to April.
The course was developed as the state recently moved to lower the legal blood alcohol limit of a boater from .10 to .08. Recent laws also require all people under the age of 13-years-old on board a watercraft to wear a lifejacket while the vessel is in motion.
Since the inception of the new boating education classes and stricter safety regulations, there have been no Oklahoma Boat Accident fatalities in the 12 to 16 year old age group. Many experts agree this statistic shows just how successful the new initiatives have been.
The Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers applaud the state government for taking steps to promote responsible boating, and are hopeful the new regulations will successfully prevent accidents on Oklahoma’s waterways.