Conservation Commissioner Barnett Lawley today addressed the importance of boating safety in a press conference at the Riverfront Amphitheater in Downtown Montgomery. The event served three purposes, all relating to boating safety.
In a formal proclamation, Governor Riley declared the week of
This spring also marks the 10th anniversary of
A new program to be implemented by the Alabama Marine Police this boating season was announced by Commissioner Lawley. Through a partnership with the Alabama Children’s Water Safety Task Force and a number of participating and sponsoring entities, Marine Police Officers will be provided size-appropriate personal flotation devices (life jackets) for children so they may be used during enforcement efforts. Whenever a Marine Police Officer cites a boat operator for having children onboard without life jackets, the children will receive properly fitted life jackets that they may keep to use anytime they are boating in the future.
Sponsoring and participating agencies involved in providing hundreds of life jackets for this program are the Alabama Marine Police; American Red Cross, Birmingham chapter; The Regional Planning Commission of the Greater Birmingham Area; The Alabama Traffic Safety Center; I’m Safe Productions; Alabama Power Company, National Safe Kids Campaign; Alabama Safe Kids Campaign; Airport Marine; Children’s Hospital; The UAB Injury Control Research Center; the City of Montgomery; The National Water Safety Congress; and State Farm Insurance.
PHOTO: Hayden Jones of Montgomery gets fitted with a personal flotation device as his grandmother, Lynn Dawkins, looks on.
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