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In his article Fatal Distraction, Major Richard Moore challenges the boating safety community to work together to make recreational boaters more aware of the dangers associated with not paying full attention to their primary task at hand—navigating their vessels. Accident statistics make a good case for his counsel and offer good reason why addressing distracted […]

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Nearly one-fourth of the nation’s reported recreational boating accidents in 2015 were determined to either be the result of operator inattention or no proper lookout. dis·tract·ed boat·ing noun the practice of operating a boat while engaged in any activity that diverts a person’s attention away from the primary task of safe navigation. It’s forecasted to […]

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The U.S. Coast Guard recently released its 2015 Recreational Boating Statistics report, revealing that boating fatalities nationwide totaled 626, the third-lowest number of yearly boating fatalities on record. From 2014 to 2015, injuries decreased from 2,678 to 2,613, a 2.4 percent decrease; deaths increased from 610 to 626, a 2.6 percent increase; and the total […]

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