New York’s New Boater Safety Law

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Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed new boat operator’s legislation into law. It requires that all operators of motorized watercraft on New York waters must complete a state-approved boating safety course. It will go into effect on January 1, 2020 and have a 5-year phase-in period.

Called Brianna’s Law, it is named for Brianna Lieneck, an 11-year-old Long Island girl who was killed in a 2005 boating accident, and whose mother fought for its enaction.

Here are 13 things New Yorkers need to know about the new law.

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