05-26-06 - Many people will be headed out to area lakes this holiday weekend and as always safety is an issue.
Some Oklahoma lawmakers are taking another step to keeping children safe on the lake. Trooper Michael Groeber has patrolled the lake for more than 15 years and he wants people to have fun, buy he also stresses safety. Now the state wants to make sure that children are not in the same boat.
A bill just passed by the house would require anyone between the ages 12 and 16 to pass a boating safety education course before they can operate a vessel. The bill, now on its way to Governor Henry, also says that children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult and those under 12 can only operate a watercraft with less than 10 horsepower. When the bill is signed, it will not go into effect until the fall of this year, but everything will be in place for next year to make sure that everyone stays safe on the water.
Most boating safety courses are able to be taken online and you can go to the United States Coast Guard Web site for more information by clicking here.