National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker today addressed the Western States Boating Administrators Association Conference (WSBAA) on advancing recreational boating safety on the nation’s waterways, according to an NTSB press release.
Rosenker pointed out that the Western States, with a few
Exceptions, have accomplished 75%-100% of the actions
recommended by the Board. This includes State boating
programs that include a mandatory boating safety education
program, mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) wear for
children and for persons aboard personal watercraft (PWC),
and training for persons renting PWC so they have some basic
information on how to safely operate their machine.
"But even with all of these important accomplishments, much
remains to be done," said Rosenker. "Recreational boating
safety continues to be an extremely important area of focus
of the NTSB."
Rosenker noted that it was the Western States that
challenged the Board to address the issue of increased
wearing of PFDs. He reemphasized the importance of the
Board's stance on recreational boating safety by keeping
this critical safety issue on the Board's list of "Most
Wanted Transportation Safety Improvements for 2009."
The Coast Guard estimates about 70 percent of accidents
involve factors that could have been controlled by the
operator and 80 percent of the fatalities occurred on boats
operated by individuals who had not completed a boating
safety education course.
"Mandatory education will prepare boaters for a lifetime of
safe recreational boating enjoyment," Rosenker remarked. "It
is imperative that all recreational boat operators
demonstrate a clear understanding of boating safety rules,
and an ability to appropriately operate their vessel.
The full text of Acting Chairman Rosenker's speech will be
available on the Board's web site athttp://www.ntsb.gov/speeches/rosenker/mvr090623.htmlunder speeches and testimony.
NTSB emphasizes safety for recreational boating (6/23)
June 23, 2009