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New boater safety law on the books across New York

There is a new law active on the waters of New York State since New Years Day passed.

Even though many won’t be on the water for another several months, when the weather breaks, Brianna’s Law took hold when the calendar turned to 2020.

It’s a major change for boat owners.

The law is named in honor of an 11-year-old girl from Long Island who died in a tragic boating accident fifteen years ago.



As of January 1, New York State is requiring boaters who operate watercraft with engines to take and pass a boater safety course. The course is eight hours long. It can be taken in two ways.

– Two four-hour sessions; or
– Four two-hour sessions.

The fine if you don’t complete the course? Officials say it will cost $200 if fined under the new law.


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