New rules go into effect for boaters across the state
New rules go into effect for boaters across the state starting Monday
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Starting Monday, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources will begin enforcing a law that mandates operators of motorized vessels complete and show proof of a boater safety certification course.
The hope, according to the DLNR, is that on-the-water safety will be improved for all ocean users.
"We liken boating to operating a car, but out on the water you don't have traffic lights, lines in the roads, stop signs," said Cliff Inn, boating safety specialist for the DLNR.
In 2007, the National Association of Boating Law Administrators released a study showing the states with the longest history of mandatory education had the lowest boating fatality rates. The states with no boating education requirements in place had the highest average fatality rates.
Classes are being offered online and in-person. Websites offering the certification include boat-ed.com, boatus.org (which is free of charge) and boatus.com. Classroom courses are being offered at the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.
The penalties for motorized vessel operators who are caught without the proper certification range from $50-$1000, jail time for up to 30 days, and loss of vessel use for up to 30 days.