Deer Park family calls for stricter boating laws

A Deer Park family is calling for tougher boating laws across the country on the 10-year anniversary of their daughter's death. Brianna Lieneck, 11, was

Brianna Lieneck, 11, was killed when a drunken boater rammed into her family's vessel on the Great South Bay 10 years ago.

Brianna Lieneck, 11, was killed when a drunken boater rammed into her family's vessel on the Great South Bay 10 years ago. (8/17/15)

DEER PARK - A Deer Park family is calling for tougher boating laws across the country on the 10-year anniversary of their daughter's death.

Brianna Lieneck, 11, was killed when a drunken boater rammed into her family's vessel on the Great South Bay 10 years ago.

The Lieneck family says they feel anger and frustration over the fact that more hasn't been done to make waterways safer.

"It's not just our accident, there have been several incidents with major occurrences, with major fatalities," says Danyelle Rennhack, Brianna's sister.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 35 people died in New York boating crashes where alcohol was a factor between 2010 and 2014.

The Lienecks began pushing for Brianna's Law, which is federal legislation to require licensing for boat operators, impose speed limits and mandatory Breathalyzer tests. However, Brianna's Law never passed the Senate.

Rep. Steve Israel and Sen. Chuck Schumer have recently introduced similar legislation aimed at increasing safety on the water. Those bills are still in committee.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Tree limbs and power lines across Long Island 1 Ferocious winds topple trees, power lines
Village officials are advising residents to move their 2 South Shore braces for possible street flooding
A Freeport police officer is attracting attention for 3 Freeport mayor voices support for officer turning heads as model
In Long Beach, officials recommend moving cars to 4 South Shore braces for possible beach erosion due to nor'easter
Meteorologists say heavy rain and strong winds could 5 Residents in Island Park brace for strong winds, rain

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Each year, Gina Lieneck and her daughter Danyelle BWI reminder issued ahead of summer

With the summer season approaching, Suffolk police, county officials and the victims of a 2005

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE