WOODBURY - Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice is calling for stepped-up boating safety laws.
Rice has outlined several proposals that aim to prevent tragedies on the water. Among the proposals are measures that would require boaters to obtain safety certificates, and require boats to get periodic safety inspections. She also says federal law should establish capacity regulations for recreational vessels, and capacity should be posted on boats.
The call for more safety measures comes two years after the July Fourth sinking of the recreational boat called the Kandi Won in Cold Spring Harbor. Three children were killed.
Loved ones of the victims of several boating incidents were on hand for the announcement of the new safety proposals.
Rice adds that there will be more officers patrolling for drunken boaters from now until Labor Day.