Could New Laws Make Waterways Safer?

Parents of girl killed in July 4 tragedy asked state legislators for tougher boating law. Do you support the idea?

The proposal is called "," and it's named after 7-year-old Victoria Gaines who lost her life in the near Oyster Bay.

Victoria's parents, Paul and Lisa Gaines attended a hearing at Town Hall in Oyster Bay on Wednesday to push for reform to prevent future accidents.

The Gaines family wants the state to enact a law that would require all boaters to take a before operating a vessel, enact strict weight limits for all boats and ensure that adequate security measures are in place during major public events on state waterways.

We want to know what you think of the idea. Take our poll below and weigh in with your comments.


Lynne Murray August 14, 2012 at 02:56 PM
As much as I would like to see safety on the waterways increase, I am afraid that it would not be enforced enough. I think, however, something like this truly needs to be taken seriously- boating responsibly on the waterways is as serious as driving a car safely.


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