Kids Life Jacket Law Goes Into Effect May 6
May 6, 2005
A new requirement, for children under age 10 to wear a life jacket while boating on Minnesota waters, was signed into law by Gov. Tim Pawlenty Thursday and went into effect Friday, May 6. Called the "Grant Allen Law," the measure was named in memory of the child who drowned after falling out of his father's boat in 2003.
The new law requires that a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket be worn by children younger than age 10 in boats that are underway or otherwise not tied up to a dock or permanent mooring.
There are a few exceptions to the law. Children are
not required to wear a life jacket if they are in a boat's enclosed
cabin or below decks, or on an anchored boat that is being used as
a platform for
Boat operators who violate the law are subject to a written warning for the first offense and a petty misdemeanor for a second offense until May 1, 2006, and a petty misdemeanor for any offense on or after May 1, 2006.
For more information, visit the DNR Web site www.dnr.state.mn.us or call (651) 296-6157 or toll free 1-888-MINNDNR (646-6367).
Exemptions from wearing:
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