National Transportation Safety Board
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Washington, DC – Recent actions taken by the marine industry and state legislatures to advance boating safety are moving the industry in the right direction, but additional measures are required to further reduce recreational boating fatalities, injuries and accidents, maintains National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Mark V. Rosenker.
In his address at the Marine Retailers Association of America (MRAA) annual conference in Las Vegas yesterday, Chairman Rosenker focused on the use of personal flotation devices, which is on the NTSB's Most Wanted list of safety recommendations, and the safety of sole state passenger vessels.
Following a brief summary of safety recommendations issued by the NTSB in March 2006 after a Board-sponsored 2004 forum on personal floatation devices, Rosenker called upon attendees to continue to "work to change the boating culture to better accept the wearing of life jackets."
Rosenker commended the MRAA for issuing a public policy statement in September 2007 in support of boating safety education in every state. Rosenker said, "In 2008, we are looking for safety legislative initiatives in California, Maine, Massachusetts, Utah, North Carolina and Minnesota" and then called upon MRAA members "to add their important support for recreational boating safety initiatives in these states."
Finally, Rosenker summarized the results of the October 2006 forum on the topic of sole state passenger vessels that covered issues such as vessel certification and safety inspection, passenger and crew safety, and marine accident reporting. Chairman Rosenker said the Board will "continue to follow this issue closely" and will encourage all states to improve and strengthen their oversight guidelines for this class of vessels.
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