KDWP to have ‘zero tolerance’ life jackets this boating season

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks law enforcement division is taking a zero-tolerance policy for violations relating to life-jacket usage this boating season, according Dan Hesket, assistant director.

?Beginning this year, officers of the law enforcement division were given a directive to crack down on violaters of life-jacket laws,? Heskett said.

Any vessel designed to be propelled by machinery, oars, paddles or wind for water naviga?tion must have a properly maintained and fitting life jacket for each person on board.

The jackets must be readily accessible, and not simply on board.

According to Wildlife and Parks, 90 percent of the people who drowned during the 2006 boating season were not wearing a life jacket.

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