OUR VIEWS: Safer waters

Jun 7, 2012


How about the one where a 24-year-old boater was charged with operating under the influence, causing the death of a 53-year-old?

But wait — there’s more. Who can forget the 15-year-old Spring Lake High School sophomore who was tragically killed when a boat struck the personal watercraft he was driving?

Boaters are required to have the proper equipment on board. Boaters are required to be sober. Boaters are required to drive responsibly.

Not following basic boating safety can be — and has been — deadly.

When you get behind the wheel of a boat, you are responsible for the lives of your passengers as well as everyone else you come across on the water. That is not something to take lightly.

As the waters are warming, the number of boaters and swimmers is increasing. If you’re among the thousands of people who will be entering Michigan's waters this summer, please take the initiative to provide as safe an environment as possible.

This is something we can’t overlook. We can’t foolishly think nothing will happen to us, or to our loved ones.

Sure, we all look forward to the fun and relaxation summer activities provide. But don’t let that supersede basic safety.

Our lives depend on it.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Kevin Collier and Liz Stuck. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to news@grandhaventribune.com or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.



Did you hear the one about the boat that had to be towed to shore by the Coast Guard because they didn’t have enough life jackets on board for everyone?

They tow you to shore if you don't have enough life jackets?


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