The La Paz County Sheriff’s Office Boating Safety Center has been accepted as a finalist for the BOAT US Foundation’s Life Jacket Loaner program location. The program will make child size life jackets available for loan to those boaters who may not have them, or forgot to bring them to the River.
The Coast Guard and all states require that children ages 12 and under be wearing a properly sized life jacket whenever they are in a boat, underway.
Unfortunately many boaters don’t have life jackets for their children, or put them in life jackets much too big or too small. Having free children’s vests available will not only provide immediate protection for the child, but in cases where the boater is breaking the law by not having their children in life jackets, the vessel operator will not be forced off the water for non-compliance.
Being accepted is only the first step. The final step is for the public to vote for the locations where they would most like to see a Life Jacket Loaner program set up. Please go to the Boat US website via the link below and vote for the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office. Voting begins at 12:00 AM (Eastern Time), Monday April 29th, 2013 and continues until 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) May 12th, 2013. You can vote once per day per email address.
Help us keep boaters safe on our waterways and Vote for the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office for a Life Jacket Loaner site.