Legislate that the use of kill cords in powerboats be obligatory.
  • Petitioning The British Government

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The British Government
Prime Minster of the United Kingdom
Rt Hon David Cameron MP

Legislate that the use of kill cords in powerboats be obligatory.

    1. Heddon Johnson
    2. Petition by

      Heddon Johnson

      Dorchester, United Kingdom

On May Bank Holiday weekend a father and daughter tragically died in a speedboat accident in Cornwall. Investigators say that the driver of the speedboat was not wearing a safety cord, often called a kill cord, which could have stopped the engine and may have prevented the accident.

My son Tristan was killed at Southampton international boat show in 2000. I subsequently campaigned for greater awareness of the importance of the kill cord. There have been other fatal accidents where powerboats have been left out of control with no one at the helm. 

A kill cord is a simple device which when used will stop a vessel in its tracks when a helmsman, either falls overboard or is accidentally thrown away from the controls. The word kill, in the term kill cord, refers to the killing of the engine, however the result of either not wearing it, or its malfunction can be fatal. 

My son would almost certainly be alive today had a kill cord been attached to the person in control. In his case, very brave people put their own lives at risk in order to stop the runaway boat. Depressingly I see history repeating itself and it is clear that recommendations that the kill cord be attached are not enough and legislation is required to make their use mandatory.

Please sign my petition to make wearing kill cords mandatory. 

To:
The British Government
Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minster of the United Kingdom
Legislate that the use of kill cords in powerboats be obligatory.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. BBC radio and TV

      Heddon Johnson
      Petition Organizer

      Tomorrow (Monday 30th September) I will be giving interviews for BBC local radio and BBC Southampton for their breakfast shows, and in the evening there will be a ten minute slot in the BBC one inside out program at 7.30 in both the south and south west regions, the south west probably being fuller than the south. It should also be available to watch on the iplayer for the following 7 days.

    2. Big push today

      Heddon Johnson
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all so much, this is a bit of a roller coaster that we have to keep going.

    3. Reached 50,000 signatures
    4. The message is starting to get out!

      Heddon Johnson
      Petition Organizer

      The story went out in the Evening Standard yesterday, as well as a press release to the press association. Keep spreading the word please.

    5. Reached 2,000 signatures
    6. Press Release

      Heddon Johnson
      Petition Organizer

      I have given an interview with a London based paper which should be published on Monday. I will confirm via this news window.
      Meanwhile it is really important to try and make this pettition viral, get your partners to sign up and passs it on to all your and their contacts.
      Huge thanks we are going well. Heddon

    7. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Victoria Stable LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 15 hours ago

      It is like seat belts in cars.... so simple, yet saves lives - 'no brainer' springs to mind...

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    • Casaundra Spence WINDSOR, CANADA
      • 27 days ago

      I haven't even heard of these! Make them more aware to the public as well, they're almost as important as lifejackets

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    • Adam Parnell YELVERTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 28 days ago

      I have witnessed several 'near misses' where kill cords have not been worn (or worn incorrectly) and unfortunately education does not seem to be succeeding in making people wear this vital safety equipment

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    • Francis Bacon LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 month ago

      A simple device that can simply save lives!

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    • James Heaven SALCOMBE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 month ago

      This is a great cause! Please sign our petition too for proper regulated areas in Salcombe. It is a Padstow style accident waiting to happen in Salcombe and we need your help for local legislation too! Thank you! http://chn.ge/1pM8DKY

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