Water Enthusiasts Reminded About Life Jacket Laws

life jacketThere are still plenty of warm days remaining this summer to enjoy water sports, and all water-craft owners are reminded to know the rules for carrying life jackets on board. All water vessels, including power boats, pontoon boats, paddleboards, jet skis, kayaks, sailboats, canoes, and rowboats must carry one life jacket for every passenger on board. All passengers ages 12 and under must wear a life jacket when aboard a vessel on the water. Paddleboards are growing in popularity but some owners are not aware that they must have a life jacket with them. It is not unusual for paddleboarders to fall in the water and then be required to swim to retrieve their boards. If any wind comes up, it can easily push a board away and make retrieval difficult. Any type of boat can capsize; and in cold water problems can multiply for someone trying to swim to safety without the aid of a life jacket. Park rangers will write citations to boaters who are not abiding by the life-jacket rules. The fine is $52.50. To read the rules and regulations that govern boating on Colorado’s waters, click here.

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