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L.D.W.F. REMINDS BOATERS OF EDUCATION REQUIREMENT

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to remind Louisiana boaters of the new boater education requirement. Act 921, going into effect on January 1, 2004, requires all persons born after January 1, 1988 to complete a boater education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower. The person may operate the boat if accompanied by someone over 18 who, if required, has completed the course.
A listing of available boater education classes can be found on the LDWF website at www.wlf.state.la.us, under the "Boating Information" heading. Online boating classes can also be accessed from this site.

Failure to provide proof of completion of the course when stopped is classified as a Class I offense. Those cited will have one year to complete the course and present proof to have the case nullified. If not, fines may be levied.

With the rise of two-boat collisions recently, this is a step in the right direction to help promote safer boating, according to LDWF Lt. Colonel Charlie Clark. Earlier this month, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission also ratified a list of rules of boating that will allow for better enforcement of safe boating practices.

"We are trying to keep Louisiana waters safe for everyone," said Clark. "The required education classes and the rules of the road for our waterways will help greatly."

For more information, contact Lt. Col. Charlie Clark at 225/765-2988 clark_cr@wlf.state.la.us

 

 

 

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