Rep. Steve Israel introduces boater safety bill

Rep. Steve Israel has introduced legislation to help keep boaters safe after a tragic accident two years ago. The bills will provide funding for more

Rep. Israel wants capacity limits displayed on all

Rep. Israel wants capacity limits displayed on all new boats less than 45 feet long. (Credit: News 12 Long Island)

HUNTINGTON STATION - Rep. Steve Israel (D-3rd District) is introducing legislation to require new boats up to 45 feet long to display maximum capacity signs.

Only boats under 20 feet currently need the capacity signs.

The bill follows last summer’s capsizing of a powerboat off Oyster Bay that killed three small children. Investigators determined the boat had been dangerously overloaded.

“That was a tragedy, but it also served as a wake-up call,” says Israel.

The U.S. Coast Guard says capsizing and falls overboard due to overloaded boats account for more than half of all boating fatalities.

The bill would also fund more boater education classes. The legislation would allocate money for education from funds collected through federal marine fuel taxes.

 

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