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National Safe Boating Week begins May 18-24

Michigan Boating Industries Association
May 16, 2013
Filed under News

U.S. Coast Guard reports Michigan boating fatalities down 18%

May, 2013, Livonia, Mich. – National Safe Boating Week, May 18-24, raises annual awareness of safe and responsible boating in Michigan. Michigan is third in the nation in boating registrations competing with other top states such as Florida, California and Minnesota, as one of the ideal locations to boat.

This year, the “Wear It Michigan” campaign, brought to you by the National Safe Boating Council, is encouraging boaters to practice safety while on the water.  Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) always encourages safety and wearing a life jacket, which can reduce fatalities on our Michigan Waters. Education can reduce accidents on the water. In 2011, the US Coast Guard reported boating related fatalities were down 18% in Michigan, with 23 compared to 28 fatalities in 2010. A steady decline for the past few years shows Michigan boaters are responsible boaters.

“MBIA offers free boater’s safety courses at our boat shows, encouraging new and seasoned boaters to learn the rules of the water for the safety of all before heading out on the water,” said MBIA Executive Director Nicki Polan. “We also send out boating safety information in the spring to those who request it from us, along with our Boat Michigan Annual Directory.”

MBIA and the National Safe Boating Council do not stand alone in promoting boating safety, other organizations and groups are pulling together to promote safety to recreational boaters across the nation including; the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadron, MDNRE’s Law Enforcement Division, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, local Sheriff’s Marine Divisions, many Michigan boat dealers and Boat U.S.

Recreational boaters are educated through organizations listed above and campaigns such as “Wear It Michigan”, to ensure safe boating practices and encourage others on the water to do the same.  What better time to refresh your memory on boating safety and laws than National Safe Boating Week this spring. Join MBIA with encouraging “Ready, Set, Wear It Michigan!” For more boating safety information visit MBIA’s consumer site: www.boatmichigan.org.

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