One of Massachusetts’ busiest waterways is the state’s portion of the Connecticut River. Because of this, the United States Coast Guard is partnering with the Connecticut River Task Force in order to address recreational boating safety boardings for this summer. This safety push is led by the Coast Guard Sector Boston law enforcement and other Massachusetts state and local law enforcement agencies.
What Are the Safety Concerns Being Discussed?
Along the Connecticut River, many motor boats, paddlecraft, water sport vessels, campers and other visitors crowd the coastline. The Coast Guard and Task Force both believe that safety should be a top priority for anyone on the water operating a vehicle or craft. Speed restrictions and private aids for navigation are present in order to protect everyone who is operating on the river.
Boaters are also asked to educate themselves before they enter the water to guarantee compliance with state and federal requirements involving safety equipment. This equipment can and does save lives, and so it’s crucial that the equipment is properly prepared, maintained and used. This equipment includes lifejackets, whistles, navigational lights, and other useful tools that can help survival chances in case a boating accident were to occur.
The Coast Guard and Connecticut River Task Force also remind boaters to operate their vessels responsibly. In 2017, consumption of alcohol led to 19 percent of all boating fatalities. If someone is found driving a boat with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher, he or she could face prosecution. This regulation also includes staying away from marijuana and other drugs, since they can produce the same deadly effect.
If you would like to stay informed on more boating safety reminders for the Boston area, you should regularly visit our website, or you can call Latti & Anderson LLP today for a free consultation.