Suffolk County, NY, Passes Boating Safety Law

Safe boating class. Photo courtesy/U.S. Coast Guard

Suffolk Times: Suffolk [New York] County Executive Steve Bellone signed a landmark boater’s safety law Thursday [October 11], setting in motion the countdown to the law’s implementation a year from now.

The bill, “Suffolk’s Safer Waterways Act,” received unanimous support from the County Legislature on Sept. 13, would require all Suffolk residents to pass an approved boater’s safety course before operating some pleasure boats in Suffolk waters. The law, which takes effect in October 2013, would not apply to rowboats, canoes or kayaks.

The law includes penalties of up to $250 for a first offense, rising to $500 for a second offense. The maximum penalty is a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to a year in jail.

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