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State requires life jackets for cold weather boaters

New York has become the first state to require life jackets on everyone in all small boats during the coldest half of the year.

Starting Nov. 1, kayakers, canoeists and those aboard all other boats under 21 feet must wear Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices while on New York's coastal waters, lakes, rivers and other waterways. The rule will remain in effect through May 1. Violators face fines ranging from $25 to $100.

Click here to read an Associated Press report.