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Don't be a statistic. If it's your boat, it's your responsibility!




Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692

January 17, 2013


Every year, many people are injured or killed as a result of operator inattention, operator inexperience, boating under the influence, illegal skiing practices, bow riding, and traveling at excessive speeds on the Colorado River.

X% of accidents involved boaters under the influence

X% of accidents involved PWCs

X% of accidents were due to excessive speed

X% of accidents involved collisions with other vessels

Don't be a statistic. If it's your boat, it's your responsibility!

The Colorado River has become a year-round recreation area for power boaters, paddlers, water-skiers and fishermen. To enjoy a safe trip on the Colorado, boaters need to become familiar with the characteristics of the area that make boating on this desert waterway unique.

The state lines of California, Nevada and Arizona intersect in the Colorado River area. While many boating laws are the same in each state, a few laws differ and can be confusing to boaters. Refer to the Boating Laws chart, which displays common boating laws and demystifies the differences in laws between each state.

The California Division of Boating and Waterways, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Nevada Department of Wildlife and Utah State Parks and Recreation have a unified mission statement that encompasses the Wear It Colorado! Partnership – to promote safe and knowledgeable recreational boating on the Colorado River through the combined educational and enforcement resources of Arizona, California and Nevada.

Make sure you enjoy your trip to the Colorado River. Become familiar with the laws and characteristics of the area. You should also take a boating safety course. Taking a course will help you keep everyone safe, help you avoid a citation, and possibly even get you a discount on your boat insurance.

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