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Mrs. Crappie Stalker
03-13-2012, 12:47 PM
Lots of folks out on the water at Reelfoot over the past few days and the winds blew constantly, plus the water is up and folks are running faster than usual. If you've ever been there, you know that the waves get to rolling pretty quick when the wind is up. So, there are a lot of people renting boats and heading out, easily less than 1/4 of them even attempting to wear a pfd while navigating to their fishing spots. Two things made my blood boil yesterday . . . . two grown men and a boy no more than 12 head out in their rental boat yesterday and not a life jacket to be seen on this kid. Wind is blowing 12-14 mph with gusts in the 20's. Not 15 minutes after seeing this trio go by, here comes another boat with 5 young kids in it and two so-called adults. NO LIFE JACKETS and 3 of these kids were laying across the front deck. They were all younger than the first boy I saw. You know, it's one thing to be an adult and foolish, but it's something else entirely to endanger a child.

EnonEye
03-13-2012, 01:05 PM
I'd bet if you followed those same people off the lake they'd also not strap their children in the car. They either don't care enough about them to protect them or there's just not enough lights on in the attic.

bdorman
03-13-2012, 01:27 PM
You can't fix stupid. Actually, your state DNR can fix stupid. Write citations and get a little revenue for the state.

I sure hope the business that rented the boat to them provided lifejackets.

VALES
03-13-2012, 01:51 PM
Lots of folks out on the water at Reelfoot over the past few days and the winds blew constantly, plus the water is up and folks are running faster than usual. If you've ever been there, you know that the waves get to rolling pretty quick when the wind is up. So, there are a lot of people renting boats and heading out, easily less than 1/4 of them even attempting to wear a pfd while navigating to their fishing spots. Two things made my blood boil yesterday . . . . two grown men and a boy no more than 12 head out in their rental boat yesterday and not a life jacket to be seen on this kid. Wind is blowing 12-14 mph with gusts in the 20's. Not 15 minutes after seeing this trio go by, here comes another boat with 5 young kids in it and two so-called adults. NO LIFE JACKETS and 3 of these kids were laying across the front deck. They were all younger than the first boy I saw. You know, it's one thing to be an adult and foolish, but it's something else entirely to endanger a child.

Wow...that is illegal here in Arkansas and they enforce it. Can't remember exactly how it is worded but i believe any child 12yrs and under has to wear their life jacket while boating and the whole time they are in the boat fishing. People never cease to amaze me.

Eager Beaver
03-13-2012, 01:52 PM
The parents or adults probably feel that the kids can swim so don't need a life jacket on, if they fall into the water. It is the enevitable time that they are rendered unconsious is why you need to have a pfd on at least while moving in the water.
In my boat when the big motor is on everyone has a pfd on. My boat doesn't move without everyone having one on. In Ne. young adults have to have one on when they are in a boat. EB

VALES
03-13-2012, 02:00 PM
The parents or adults probably feel that the kids can swim so don't need a life jacket on, if they fall into the water. It is the enevitable time that they are rendered unconsious is why you need to have a pfd on at least while moving in the water.
In my boat when the big motor is on everyone has a pfd on. My boat doesn't move without everyone having one on. In Ne. young adults have to have one on when they are in a boat. EB

Thumbs Up Same here.

Blackhawk19
03-13-2012, 04:09 PM
Nothing good will come from people doing that, but you can't fix stupid.

Legato
03-13-2012, 04:18 PM
The only reason we have to buckle up, is too keep insurance happy. What happened to freedom of choice? Now, Im not saying not to keep kids safe....but, thats up to the parent(s). Dont worry, soon you will have to feed your kids only "healthy" foods or they will write you a ticket and then take your kids away..... Anyway, shouldnt it kinda be your CHOICE to wear a pdf or not? (including those under your supervision). I am in favor of wearing one - for one thing, I cant swim for crap.... And its just a lot safer.

shipahoy41
03-13-2012, 04:25 PM
stupid is as stupid does.

Mrs. Crappie Stalker
03-13-2012, 05:16 PM
Here in Tennessee, all children 12 and under are required by law to wear a pfd at all times in the boat. I saw life jackets and throwables in all of the rental boats, but, obviously, they can't force everyone to wear them. A windy day, a capsized boat and no life jacket resulted in a man drowning at Reelfoot just a couple weeks ago.

Legato
03-13-2012, 07:25 PM
Here in Tennessee, all children 12 and under are required by law to wear a pfd at all times in the boat. I saw life jackets and throwables in all of the rental boats, but, obviously, they can't force everyone to wear them. A windy day, a capsized boat and no life jacket resulted in a man drowning at Reelfoot just a couple weeks ago.

His choice - and he had to pay the price.

wldkat
03-14-2012, 11:35 AM
You have the fredom to choose. Kids don't. Even with it being the law in TN, you still have the choice to obey or not to obey the law. Kids don't. You have the choice to wear a seat belt or not. Kids don't. You have the choice to eat whatever and whenever you like. Kids don't.

wldkat
03-14-2012, 11:50 AM
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And yes, you even have the choice to be a responsible adult or not; but Kids don't have that choice, to pick and choose adults or parents, they have to deal with what they are given. My guess is none of those kids observed NOT wearing a PFD were given a choice, but I could be wrong.

Eager Beaver
03-14-2012, 11:01 PM
Talk about parents being responsible-An article in the paper today- A mother had her 11 year old daughter as her designated driver the other night. A policeman pulled a car over about 3:14 AM because it had bumped a curb. When he got to the driver the 11 year old told the cop that she was her mothers designated driver. 3 women were in the back seat drunk and had open containers in the car. The Mother is in jail and the daughter is in protective custody. This is why we need laws to protect the innocent! EB

Lowellhturner
03-14-2012, 11:57 PM
Mrs. Crappie Stalker, you have a very valid point. In EVERY state I`ve ever heard of ALL children under 13 yrs old ARE REQUIRED to have a PFD upon their body and secured before getting into any boat, period. And perhaps you are TOO NICE; personally over the last 5 yrs I have gotten the registration #s of about 10- 12 boats that had children who were not wearing them and called Watercraft with a description of the boat, color, ect. 1 guy was allowing his kids to WATERSKI behind his boat with no floatation devices whatso ever while drinking, and tried to tell the arresting officer that he was allowed to do what ever he (deleted) wanted to with them...you can`t "fix' stupid, but you CAN call WATERCRAFT.

jackie53
03-15-2012, 04:17 AM
You can't fix stupid if they don't want to go by the law stay home so the rest of us can have a good and fun time in the outdoors.We need to be examples to our kids and others we have laws use them!!!!!!

beagle man
03-15-2012, 07:48 AM
Took a pretty good butt chewing cause I told a man to make the kids wear a life jacket,,, his kids, he would do it his way,,, but I had my say, never seen em again, figured they made it ok,,, but I felt I had to say something,,, law everywhere should be under 100 it has to be on...

Ranger690
03-15-2012, 06:36 PM
It's pretty easy to fix without coming off like a jerk. I do it. You just politely tell them that the conservation officer is just around the bend. Your buddy just called and warned you to get your gear straight. Say, "Save yourself a ticket and get those jackets on". They may not care about the kid, but they do care about a ticket. You should see how fast those jackets go on. Kinda fun really.

Dayton