Monday, November 02, 2009

New NY Life Jacket Law in Effect


The new NY cold-weather-small-vessel-life-jacket-law we told you about in September is now in effect. New York is the first state to require life jackets to be worn on vessels up to 21 feet during the coldest months of the year.

From now (actually, since yesterday, November 1st) through May 1st, people of all ages aboard all pleasure craft as large as 21 feet – including kayaks, row boats, sailboats and motorboats – must wear life jackets while on a boat in NY. Don’t forget the existing NY law requiring kids to wear a PFD on boats up to 65 feet.

The new law recognizes that small boats, cold water and absence of life jackets are a lethal combination.

The fine if you’re caught can be up to $100.

For more on boating safety, visit FirstBoat's basics of boating safety.

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