Friday, April 07, 2006

Boating Safety Bill Clears Okla. House

 Boating Safety Bill Clears Okla. House

Senate Bill 1495, by State Sen. Kenneth Corn (D-Poteau) and State Rep. Ken Miller, would create the "Kyle Williams Boating Safety Education Act," prohibiting anyone under the age of 12 from operating a vessel with a motor in excess of 10 horsepower or any sailboat more than 16 feet long.

The bill, named after a 12-year-old Edmond boy who was killed in a jet-ski accident in August 2004, also requires children between the ages of 12 and 16 to complete a boater safety education course and be accompanied by an adult before being allowed to operate such vessels.

"Oklahoma is one of only eight states that don't require any boater education for teenagers and children prior to operating a boat," said Miller, R-Edmond. "


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