Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
May 6, 2008
Contact: Tiffany Champion, (210) 733-6604

Senator Van de Putte Recognizes National Safe Boating Week

(SAN ANTONIO) -- On Tuesday, May 6, Senator Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio) presented members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary with a Senate Proclamation recognizing National Safe Boating Week, May 17-23, 2008.

On average, 700 people die each year in boating-related accidents in the U.S.; and the vast majority of these accidents are caused by human error or poor judgment. National Safe Boating Week marks the start of a year-round effort to promote safe boating. To the unprepared, boating can be a risky sport. Not knowing or obeying the navigation rules, drinking alcohol while operating a boat, or choosing not to wear your life jacket are all examples of human error or a lack of proper judgment. One particular behavior that can reduce the number of boaters who lose their lives by drowning each year is wearing a life jacket. It is a simple task that has the potential to reduce the terrible loss of lives. If people are aware of the risk, they are likely to take the precautionary measures to protect themselves, their friends and family.

"While boating is a treasured recreational activity for Texans, we must take seriously the dangers at hand," said Van de Putte. "I pledge to spread the message of boating safety not only during National Safe Boating Week, but throughout the entire year."