Family torn by boating tragedy looks for license law

In the wake of several high-profile boating tragedies in the waters off Long Island, one family is calling for tougher laws that would make boaters

DEER PARK - In the wake of several high-profile boating tragedies in the waters off Long Island, one family is calling for tougher laws that would make boaters carry a license. Seven years ago, Gina Lieneck's 11-year-old daughter, Brianna, was killed when another boat slammed into their family boat on the Great South Bay. After that, the Deer Park family launched a campaign for a new, tougher law, dubbed Brianna's Law.The legislation would have affected boaters nationwide and would have required boaters to take a safety course, an eye exam and to get certified before heading out onto the open seas. It passed the House of Representatives in 2008, but never went any further.After the Fourth of July boating tragedy that killed three children, Brianna's family is once again looking for stronger boating laws. The family of one of those children is also pushing to toughen the rules on the water; that measure is called Victoria's Law, after victim Victoria Gaines. Some boaters, however, are arguing that more regulations aren't needed out on the waterways. Critics say it could make boating even more expensive.Schumer calls for boat capacity limits in wake of tragedyCHOPPER 12 VIDEO: Crews lift capsized boat in Oyster BayPolice looking for answers after LI yacht capsizesOfficials crack down on BWI in wake of deadly crash

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