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]

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    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

    • Jacqui Dawson POOLE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 19 days ago

      Any safety measures that are hi lighted will save somebody

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    • Vanessa Windust DOURNAZAC, FRANCE
      • 19 days ago

      This makes perfect absolute sense, I worry about the fast water scooters too

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    • Michel MANON FRANCE
      • about 1 month ago

      Do I have to mention that I'm against any legal or illegal procedure that use any form of violence ?

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    • Joseph Wigley COMBWICH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 month ago

      It's really silly to power boat without a kill-cord but we need a law!

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    • Christopher Ford EMSWORTH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 2 months ago

      I have completed the training to cox RIBs and regularly drive a boat for my local club. for me the kill cord is the same as a seat belt in a car. Sadly there are some who either forget how important it is or feel that it is not cool to wear. Making it law will protect both those in the boat and those generally on the water

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