Personal watercraft industry stresses safety & fun as 1 million PWC take to the water this summer

Personal Watercraft Industry Association
May 22, 2013
Filed under News

Lake Lanier to Welcome Industry Leaders, Community Riders and Special Guests for Summer Safety Demonstration

Yesterday at Port Royale Marina on Lake Lanier in Georgia, The Personal Watercraft Industry Association (PWIA)  kicked off its “Summer Safe Rider” Campaign with safety demonstration events as well as a social media awareness campaign focused on safety tips and a “safe rider” pledge. The goal is for 100,000 PWC riders of all ages to sign the pledge by July 4. In addition to PWIA executive director David Dickerson, addresses came from state legislators including members of the Lake Lanier Caucus. Speakers included:

·         Representative Josh Clark, Buford – District 98

·         Representative Geoff Duncan, Cumming – District 26

·         Representative Lee Hawkins, Gainesville – District 49

·         Representative Kevin Tanner, Dawsonville – District 9

·         Senator Renee Unterman, Buford – District 45

·         Lt. Colonel Jeff Weaver, Assistant Chief of Law Enforcement – Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division

The day’s events included on-water, follow-the-leader safety demonstrations by PWC industry experts,  information about national PWIA programs and initiatives, summer safety tips and remarks from Marine Industry professionals, local officials, local law enforcement and environmental agency representatives.

As boating season kicks off this Memorial Day, more than 1 million personal watercraft (PWC) will take to the water in the United States. PWC have become an increasingly popular choice for marine recreation; but as Americans get ready for fun on the water, PWIA wants riders to play it safe.

To learn more about the Summer Safe Rider pledge, or to sign on, click here. For questions, please contact Lauren Dunn at ldunn@nmma.org.

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