Legalize Lifejackets

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Molly Knowland
Molly Knowland signed this petition

Three lifeguards from Lake Erie Beach in Evans NY told me that my FOUR YEAR OLD needed to remove her life jacket. Because it’s a “CPR issue” and they’re not allowed at the town beach. One lifeguard did say lifejackets are allowed at Bennett beach, but when I called the parks department to investigate this, she confirmed that lifejackets are not allowed at any beach BY LAW. We did find out life jackets are allowed at state parks. But as a parent, I should be able to put properly fitted USCG approved lifejackets on my children. There have been approximately 662 deaths on the Great Lakes in the last 10 years and only 7 of the victims were wearing life jackets. Seven. As a parent, I have a right to protect my children. And I will keep fighting for this. Their life could depend on it. Obviously we will be taking our children to the state beaches for the time being, but this should not be illegal.
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