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County passes wide-ranging PFD law

Those who boat or swim on rivers in King County, Wash., — regardless of their age or in-water experience — must now wear a life vest or face an $86 fine following the passage Monday of an ordinance requiring PFDs.

The county council passed the new law on a 5-4 vote, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. An amendment exempting adults who are fishing was passed.

“This council sometimes thinks it's everybody's mom,” said Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, who voted against the ordinance.

But supporters said the new rule, which appears to be the first of its kind in the state, will save lives.

The new ordinance will be in effect until Oct. 1. Violators would first get a warning.

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Click here for Soundings editor Bill Sisson’s blog on “PFDs and the nanny state.”