A new measure known as Brianna’s Law requires all operators of motorized watercraft to complete a state-approved safety course by 2025 but phasing in beginning in 2020.
Signed into law in August by Governor Cuomo, the law is named after Brianna Lieneck, an 11-year-old Long Island girl who was killed in a 2005 boating accident.
Under the law’s phase-in, all motor boat operators born on or after Jan. 1, 1993 must complete a safety course to operate a motor boat beginning in 2020. Those born after Jan. 1, 1988 must complete a safety course beginning in 2022. Those born on or after Jan. 1, 1983 must complete a safety course beginning in 2023. Those born on or after Jan. 1, 1978 must complete a safety course beginning in 2024. The requirement would extend to all motor boat operators beginning in 2025, regardless of age.
Source: NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
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