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    life-jacket laws are archaic and need to be overhauled

    Yes? No?

    What’s your policy?

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    Re: life-jacket laws are archaic and need to be overhauled

    No. We don’t need more rules/laws because people are getting dumber. Government over reach is already out of control.

    if I’m in a boat, it is on. You don’t want to wear it, you don’t get in my boat.
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    Re: life-jacket laws are archaic and need to be overhauled

    with that guys attitude he would have a crossing guard at any cross-walk just so no one makes a bad choice and walks into traffic
    People are able to make decisions for themselves, its a choice
    Helmet and seatbelt laws are in place to protect the insurance industry and the health care system, not about people
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    Re: life-jacket laws are archaic and need to be overhauled

    People should not be able to tell other people what they can and can't do with their body... up to and including drowning

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    Re: life-jacket laws are archaic and need to be overhauled

    Quote Originally Posted by warnniklz View Post
    People should not be able to tell other people what they can and can't do with their body... up to and including drowning
    I agree with this for people over 16. But do these people that dont wear them also let their kids not wear them? I would be ok seeing parents getting in trouble for indangering their kids as they dont know the dangers and even more so if the parents think its fine now to wear them.

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    Re: life-jacket laws are archaic and need to be overhauled

    Good one Warren - that was funny! And couldn't have said it any better Huk.

    Not surprising reading an article from our State Media advocating for more mandatory laws to control our lives. What is with the desire of so many folks in society to want to control other peoples lives and tell them what to do? Its bad enough that our politicians and bureaucrats spend all of their days thinking of what rights they can take away next, or what new taxes or regulations they can impose on us, but when so many of our fellow citizens think the same way, its kind of concerning and EXTREMELY disappointing.

    To answer the question - HELL NO life jackets should not be made mandatory. Personally I only wear one when I'm on sketchy waters, like when in my boat on the lower Fraser River because its big, fast, deep and shallow depending on the time of year and tidal influence that day, can't see the hazards below (and there's always new ones appearing), back eddies and undertows everywhere, tide coming in and river flowing out etc - sketchy shit, so ya I'll wear a life jacket then. But if I'm on a calm lake in the middle of summer and nice day, no way I'm wearing one.

    Folks should have the wherewithal to assess their own personal swimming abilities and to assess the danger on that given day on the body of water they're about to venture on and make up their own minds
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    Re: life-jacket laws are archaic and need to be overhauled

    When I had a 12 ft tin boat, I wore it all the time. Kids in the boat wore it. Adults, I let them have a choice. We now have a 19 ft boat. I wear it all the time. Kids wear it, Adults have a choice. I am a very good swimmer but I don't need to hit my head on the way out should I fall out. I mean really, What could go wrong. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YobMW95xV8Q I also attach the lanyard.
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    Re: life-jacket laws are archaic and need to be overhauled

    He’s wearing an inflatable life jacket, which you have to wear if that’s your life jacket in the boat. It’s not like the situation with seatbelt laws, which I agree with. You have a car crash and are catastrophically injured, taxpayers will be paying for your medical and care after. If you have an accident while not wearing a life jacket, you are probably not facing injuries but may die. Your choice and the result has a lot less taxpayer liability. Personally, I always wear one. 15 years of river kayaking and not liking swimming has made me very respectful of water. I came close to drowning once in Australia while surfing alone. It’s not a pleasant realization that you are facing possible death because of your own stupidity.
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    Re: life-jacket laws are archaic and need to be overhauled

    Kids always ! That’s a no brainer. Adults it depends on the conditions out on the water. No we should not have more rules/regulations.

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    Re: life-jacket laws are archaic and need to be overhauled

    Good Life Jackets are a good thing.
    Before I leave the Dock/Anchorage everybody will know where the Life Jackets are stored and how to use them. Underway Kids under 14 will have to wear one. Kids under 8 will have to wear one regardless if underway or not.

    On fast flowing Rivers, wearing a Life Jackets can become a Liability because most don't allow you to swim as fast as without. If you fall into the Water, make extreme efforts to get to shore as quickly as possible because if you allow yourself to get drifted around the next bend, you could end in a Logjam and no Life Jacket will help you then.

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