Lawmakers in Wisconsin failed to tighten up laws on children wearing life jackets and drinking and boating, which both make the top ten list of what can cause fatalities in a boating accident.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, Wisconsin is one of only two states that do not require children to wear life jackets while on a moving boat. Wisconsin does require that each person on the boat have a life jacket on board, but it does not have to be worn.
A statistic from the Coast Guard states that 90 percent of fatalities in a boat accident were people who were not wearing a life jacket. Wisconsin also does not associate boating while intoxicated with a person’s drivers license. Representatives wanted to change this and have boating while intoxicated charges show up on a person’s driving record.
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