Originally Posted by paddlers
Hard to believe that a tragic accident where somebody may or may not have been using one piece of safety equipment can open the door to the enforced regulation of thousands of people forever !! Once it arrives that's it, fees/rules/tests/fines/bans/boat certification/engine emissions/stickers etc etc etc We'll never be able to stop it or go back to a time before when you could enjoy what we now have. Not my idea of progress.
Well said! Laws make terrible monuments. Unfortunately most politicians and too much of the electorate don't get that.
Here in Canada there was a shooting incident about 20 years ago where 14 people were murdered. An absolutely horrible, but isolated incident. How did our idiotic nanny state Liberal government of the day respond? By introducing a completely useless mandatory long gun registry which cost billions over the next 17 years of its existence before it was finally abandoned.
Proponents of this fiasco were unable to provide a shred of evidence that the registry saved a single life, yet there was one case where it actually directly led to the death of a police officer. This officer did not take standard safety precautions while approaching a suspect's residence because she assumed there was no firearms. She made that assumption based on a search of the registry database that provided a false negative.
So in short, anytime you hear someone yell "There ought to be a law" as a knee jerk reaction to a tragedy or some sort of injustice, think very carefully before jumping on that bandwagon.
Bottom line is always wear a kill cord when operating a powerboat regardless of whether it's mandated by law. If you are a passenger, never get in a powerboat whose operator does not use a kill cord.