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Brianna's Law is a bill that will be proposed in memory of my 11 year old daughter, Brianna Lieneck who was killed in a boating accident August 17, 2005. The bill will prompt for stricter boating laws making it mandatory for in-classroom boating education and certification for all operators of power-driven vessels and the elimination of online boating safety certification courses. Each year, hundreds of accidents happen nationwide and Brianna's Law prompts for many different components that will help to reduce the number of injuries, accidents and fatalities each year. Some of the things that Brianna's law will change or add is:
Children ages 10 to up to 14 may only operate a power driven vessel under 10hp, unless under the supervision of an adult at least 18 years of age who has completed an in-person boating safety course.
All power-driven vessels used in teaching on-water training, powered by an outboard or stern drive (excludes inboard and jet-drive), where persons are subject to being picked up out of the water by said power-driven vessel, shall be equipped with an appropriate propeller guard. This includes vessels conducting man-overboard drills, water skiing and wakeboarding, etc.
Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) / Boating Under The Influence (BUI) Regulations will mandate a Blood Alcohol Content (breathalyzer and/or blood) test within a given period of time (i.e. 2 hours of incident) when a fatality or serious injury is involved. Increased Federal Fines/Imprisonment for convictions on Federal Waters.
Mandatory liability insurance for power driven vessels similar to insurance required for a motor vehicle.
This petition starts the ball rolling again in Congress puts pressure on them to get this law passed again. A previous version of Brianna’s law passed through The House of Representatives in April of 2008. Unfortunately the Bill was put through with another Bill in Senate which didn’t pass. So lets us join together and work towards this bill success and start saving lives.
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