Originally Posted by ssobol
In my experience the people with the most disregard for the normal rules of society generally feel that said rules don't apply to them anyway due to an exaggerated sense of entitlement. As a result any legislated rule will be ignored by exactly the type of people it is intended to apply to.
Boaters who are responsible for their actions already do all the things any new legislation will require.
It's like to brouhaha about gun registration in the states right now. Responsible gun owners will register their guns. People who actually want a gun for nefarious purposes won't. So what exactly is being accomplished? (Other than the politicians trying to look busy.)
Ignoring the use of the emotive 'gun' word here (I bet someone can't!) I actually agree with this 100%.
A few years ago I was at the RBS/HBOS/ whatever acronym they were at the time executive christmas party. At the end of the party most of the 'executives' staggered into their cars and drove off, so pissed they were barely able to walk. I had to be physically held back from phoning the police.
We're NEVER going to get people like this to obey legislation.It 'doesn't apply to me,I'm a law abiding person'.They're just the demographic to go and buy a 300/600/900hp RIB on a whim and go nailing about without training or any form of clue. However, if they understand the dangers they're far more likely to wear a killcord/not act like a knob.
Note that what I've said above isn't a comment on the accident at the weekend.
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