National Safe Boating Week 2015


WHEREAS, each year during the month of May, the United States Coast Guard joins partners nationwide to raise awareness about boating responsibly; and

WHEREAS, safe boating starts onshore, with individuals preparing a float plan for their passengers, getting a free vessel safety check, and participating in boating safety courses; and

WHEREAS, as they embark, boaters should make sure they check the marine forecast and that all passengers are equipped with a life jacket; and

WHEREAS, the chance of drowning while wearing a life jacket is 1 in 66, and the chance of drowning with no life jacket is 1 in 11; and

WHEREAS, every 2 1/2 hours someone is injured or killed in a boating accident; and

WHEREAS, to put an end to preventable accidents that claim too many lives each year, individuals should never operate a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol; and

WHEREAS, boating is an important part of our national heritage, it is imperative that all individuals operating or occupying a boat follow commonsense safety procedures that keep them safe and also keep our lakes, rivers, and oceans safe for all to enjoy;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 16-22, 2015, as NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.