New York Bill Takes Aim at Boating While Intoxicated

May 19, 2011

New York’s Senate wants everyone convicted of boating while intoxicated to earn a safety certificate before they could operate a boat again.

The bill approved Monday by the Senate would require completion of a safe-boating class to secure the certificate.

State law already requires that step for boaters 21 years and older. The new bill would require the same of those under 21 years old.

Senators cite several alcohol-related boating deaths in recent years on New York’s lakes as a reason for the law.

The bill has been sent to the Assembly for its consideration.

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