State House passes boating safety bill
Thursday, April 6th 2006, 5:55 pm CDT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma House passes legislation Thursday to require teenagers to take a boater safety course before operating boats and jet skis.
The state Senate-approved Kyle Williams Boating Safety Education Act would prohibit anyone under 12 from operating a vessel with a motor in excess of 10 horsepower or any sailboat more than 16 feet long.
The bill also requires children between the ages of 12 and 16 to complete a boater safety education course and be accompanied by an adult before being allowed to operate the vessels.
The measure is named for a 12-year-old Edmond boy who was killed in a jet-ski accident in August 2004.