Ohio Offers Boating Safety Courses To Help Prevent Accidents

by | March 1st, 2013

March 1, 2013

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says that over the last decade, an average of 13 lives have been lost annually due to Ohio Boat Accidents.  Even more disturbing is the fact that the victims were not utilizing life jackets in a majority of the crashes that were investigated.

To combat these problems and others like them on the state’s waterways, state law requires that any boater born after January 1, 1982, be required to show completion of an approved boating safety education course in order to operate a vessel greater than 10 horsepower. According to Community Common, the courses cover such topics as how to properly navigate a waterway, boating laws and signage, and proper use of safety equipment. So far, more than 12,000 boaters in the state have completed the courses.

One of the courses was offered this past Saturday at the Scioto County Field Office in Franklin Furnace; however, those looking to participate in the next event can call 740-535-7668 to register. The course has a fee of $5, which covers the costs of materials.

The Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers with the law firm of Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy know all too well how devastating the results of a boat accident can be. That’s why the firm applauds the efforts being made to improve boating safety in the state and hope the courses are successful in preventing such accidents from occurring.