Brianna’s Law Ensures Boating Safety is Priority in NYS
The signing of Brianna’s Law fulfills the objective our client Kalkomey who hired us to ensure boating safety was a priority in NYS and that new technology and online courses would be available to consumers. In response to enactment of the new law, Kalkomey issued the following statement:
Brianna’s Law is a fitting memorial for Brianna Lieneck who was killed in a tragic boating accident. Your legislation is a tremendous step towards saving lives and preventing more senseless tragedies.
Boating is a great way to enjoy being outside. It is not, however, without risk. In 2017, the US Coast Guard reported 4,291 accidents that involved 658 deaths, 2,629 injuries and approximately $46 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents.
Our motto at Kalkomey is “Our work saves lives.” We firmly believe mandatory boater safety education is essential because it saves lives and reduces injuries and property damage. According to US Coast Guard statistics, 81 percent of deaths occurred on boats where the operator did not receive boating safety instruction. Only 14 percent of deaths occurred on vessels where the operator had received a nationally-approved boating safety education certificate.
Operating a boat is not like driving a car. Boating safety courses provide instruction on boat handling, navigation, weather signs, boat traffic safety and etiquette on the water. Each of these are essential skills for ensuring the safety of all boaters.
New York will be a national leader in boating safety standards by passage of your legislation.