2013 was least deadly on waterways
BATON ROUGE- Fewer people died while boating in Louisiana during 2013 than in any year since 1974 the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said in a news release Thursday.
Thirteen people died last year. Previously, the record for the least amount of deaths on the water was in 1992 when 19 people were killed.
The first year where records were kept, 1974, 74 were killed. Since 2010 Louisiana has averaged 25 boating fatalities a year including 30 in 2012, 36 in 2011 and 21 in 2010.
"While we are always striving for lower boating incidents and fatalities, we are happy to report this record low for boating fatalities for 2013," said Col. Jeff Mayne, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division. "It shows that some of our boating safety initiatives are working and that boaters are doing a great job of adhering to our safe boating regulations."
LDWF contributes the drop in boating fatalities to the mandatory boating education class, stricter driving or operating a vessel while under the influence enforcement and introducing new regulations for wearing a personal flotation device.
Follow the publisher of this post on Twitter: @treyschmaltz