National Transportation Safety Board
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Washington, D. C. - The National Transportation Safety Board Vice Chairman Mark Rosenker will testify before the Committee on the Judiciary of the District of Columbia City Council on Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 10:00 am, on a bill that would require the use of personal flotation devices (PFD) by children under age 13 for recreational boating.
The Safety Board is committed to promoting recreational boating safety on our nation's waterways by increasing the number of recreational boaters who wear PFDs. Coast Guard statistics show that 750 boaters died in 2002. Eighty-five percent of those who drowned were not wearing PFDs, even though in many cases, PFDs were aboard. These statistics have been consistent from year to year and Coast Guard statistics show that approximately 450 lives could be saved each year if the victims wore PFDs.
The Board is continuing to work closely with the states and other agencies to ensure that PFDs are required for children and that adults will see the value of wearing PFDs for their own safety.
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