National Association of State Boating Law Administrators 2010 Annual Conference Honolulu, Hawaii CAPT Mark Rizzo, Chief USCG, CG-542 Office of Auxiliary &Boating Safety
Growing A Safety Culture
“ Safety culture is the enduring value and priority placed on worker and public safety by everyone in every group at every level of an organization. It refers to the extent to which individuals and groups will commit to personal responsibility for safety, … ”
They will … “act to preserve, enhance and communicate safety concerns, strive to actively learn, adapt and modify behavior based on lessons learned from mistakes, and be rewarded in a manner consistent with these values.”
Australia, Tasmania, Ireland Do regulations create a nanny state or just support common sense? Tasmania and Ireland mandate life jacket wear. 6/7 states in Australia require operator licenses for powerboat operators.
All have lower fatality ratios.
While not regulating boating more or even as much as some states, they consistently have the lowest boating fatality ratio in the country! Less than half the national average!
Minnesota’s safety culture is alive and doing well!
TIER ONE ALTERNATIVES FOR SAFETY: Heightened awareness campaigns
Basic safety knowledge & certification (“education”)
TIER TWO ALTERNATIVES FOR SAFETY: Operating under the influence
Propeller strike casualties
Future Participation Report
Recreational Boating Participation Estimates 52.0 million motorboaters
60.4 million motorboaters
Fall 2010 Proceedings Magazine
National Association of State Boating Law Administrators 2010 Annual Conference Honolulu, Hawaii Jeff Hoedt, Chief USCG, CG-5422 Boating Safety Division
National RBS Program Update
2009 Recreational Boating Market Estimates ~82 Million recreational boaters (age 16+) ~12.7 Million state registered boats
Millions more unregistered boats (canoes, kayaks, etc. - 4 to 25 million?)
2009 Recreational Boating Market Estimates 291,000 traditional powerboats
153,550 traditional powerboats
2009 RECREATIONAL BOATING ACCIDENTS Reported CY 2009 Boating Accidents: 736 deaths (2004: 676 deaths = record low) 3,358 injuries (2008: 3,331 injuries = record low)
$36 million in property damage
National RBS Program Strategic Plan Update
Specific targets for numbers of casualties (injuries and deaths) set per year through the year 2011. (Measured on a calendar year, a 5-year average, and a fiscal year basis.)
2009 Goals CY Actuals Injuries 3585 3358 Deaths 685 736 Casualties 4270 4094
Specific targets for numbers of casualties (injuries and deaths) set per year through the year 2011.
Boating safety education certificates issued (students certified) annually;
Boating public’s awareness of safe boating practices;
Individuals completing an advanced boating education course or an on-the-water skill course; Increase adult life jacket wear-rate in open motorboats by 3% over previous year;
2008 = 5.2% 2009 – (decreased)
Reduce deaths due to navigation rules violations to 19% of total deaths by 2011 ;
5% annual decrease in the number of casualties where alcohol use was a cause comparing 2011 to 2010 ;
Decrease the recreational boat manufacturer ratio of discrepancies per inspection by 5% from previous year ;
Compliance with equipment carriage requirements;
Enhance accident data accuracy and completeness. Ensure investigator reports are complete and accurate;
Determine a participation denominator for boating activity to measure risk levels;
Evaluate the impact of grant programs in achieving the goals of the strategic plan.
National Boating Survey
National Boating Survey Contract was awarded in 2009 to cover first 3 surveys – every other year Survey now going through final approval from OMB.
Data collection to begin early 2011.
Strategic Plan Next Steps 2012 to 2016 Updated Plan
Life Jackets – Creating a Culture Change
LIFE JACKET WEAR JSI National Observation Study 2009 JSI Study Completed - Results: No significant change from prior 11 years. National wear rate of 22.3%, including PWCs (mandated) and children (mandated). Adult wear rate <10% on all other boats.
Adult wear rate <5% on open motorboats.
LIFE JACKET WEAR Voluntary measures tested 3-year project completed to test the effectiveness and impacts of unrestricted voluntary life jacket wear strategies. Substantial funding provided.
Test site in central California. Showed increased wear by adults to 9-12 percent, not an adequate level to noticeably reduce drownings.
LIFE JACKET WEAR USACE Mandate Project U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Coast Guard working together on 4-year project to test the effectiveness and impacts of mandatory life jacket wear requirements.
Primary test at Northern Mississippi - (4 lakes) - mandated life jacket wear for all people on boats <16’ at all times and for all people on motorboats 16<26’ when underway effective 2009.
LIFE JACKET WEAR USACE Mandate Project Baseline data gathered in 2008. Adults on boats other than PWC’s - wear rate of ~13%.
2009 improved wear rate to ~71%! This is a rate that would, nationwide, substantially reduce drownings.
LIFE JACKET WEAR USACE Mandate Project 2010 to 2012 - USACE expanding the test to a new location, with the USCG providing support.
Lynda Nutt will provide the details at a later session in your conference.
LIFE JACKET WEAR USACE Mandate Project USACE receives awards from the National Safe Boating Council and NASBLA for this effort – a federal agency mandating the wear of life jackets (by length of boat) – similar to Australian and other nation requirements.
Are these awards an endorsement of the test, of a federal mandate, or both?
NBSAC 85 th MEETING April 2010
Should the Coast Guard mandate the wear of life jackets by everyone on board a recreational vessel <26’ in length (outside of a cabin)?
NBSAC Efforts A workgroup has been formed. Chaired by Richard Moore, with several members from across the boating community. Data being gathered and analyzed so that a recommendation to NBSAC and ultimately to the CG can be developed.
Town hall discussion later today.
Life Jacket Approval Process 1) NBSAC concurs that current process: a) too slow, b) too costly.
2) Impedes creatively and possible design of new life jacket styles more prone to be worn voluntarily.
Life Jacket Approval Process The Coast Guard is working at both the national and international level to study these issues and resolve them. Working toward a North American standard and a possible ISO standard.
Desire creative designs that will assist in increasing life jacket wear rates to desired level (70-85% overall).
Mandatory Education Proposal Spring 2004 NBSAC resolution advising USCG to seek legislation authorizing USCG to promulgate mandatory education regulations.
USCG/Administration sent legislative change proposal to Hill to do this in early 2006 & early 2007.
Mandatory Education Proposal Proposals failed probably because of misperception, confusing terminology, concern over possible future CG direction.
Fall 2007 NBSAC resolution advised USCG to continue work on legislation for federal mandatory education & to create workgroup.
Mandatory Education Proposal The USCG provided requested draft legislative language to the Hill this year. This language has been partially utilized by Congress and has been introduced in S. 3639, as mentioned by CAPT Rizzo.
Section 101 of this bill covers this topic and includes the overwhelming share of the NBSAC proposal.
Sport Fish Restoration & Boating Trust Fund
FY08 Receipts FY09 Distribution Current as of 1-13-09
FY09 Receipts FY10 Distribution
Sport Fish Restoration & Boating Trust Fund Long-term authorization expired 9/30/2009
Since then, four temporary extensions have been enacted, the latest being on 3/18/2010. It provides authorization through 12/31/2010.
SFRBTF Reauthorization Coast Guard and USFWS have developed a legislative change proposal (LCP) for the reauthorization of the Trust Fund.
NASBLA, AFWA and 10 other boating/fishing organizations (Angling & Boating Alliance) have developed alternative legislative concepts.
SFRBTF Reauthorization Differences exist between proposals, but primary goal of both is to continue the program. For the first time ever, Administration forwards a legislative proposal to Congress – April 2010.
CG working with NASBLA leadership to discuss differences & coordinate on this effort!
Source: USCG 6-02-10
Numbering Regulatory Project
Numbering Regulatory Project Numbering (SNS), VIS and accident reporting (BARD) regulations use different terms, categories and definitions. NPRM was published to unify terms. NASBLA and NMMA requested an extension of the now expired comment period.
Extension granted to October 15.
Propeller Strike Avoidance
Propeller Strike Avoidance
Education package for rentals and other vessels was produced and distributed at 2008 IBWSS. Materials have been updated and are available in electronic format.
Propeller Strike Avoidance Other proposals to resolve problem: First regulatory project moving forward is cut-off switch installation and use. NPRM in final review at DHS. Proposed rule for operator to turn engine off will follow. ABYC continuing work to develop performance standards for “prop guard” type devices.
Other inventions – Australia prop?
Hull Identification Number
17-Character Hull Identification Number Proposal from NBSAC USCG has completed a preliminary cost analysis. However, data for determining the benefits is difficult to obtain.
Reg project still active, but feel that full state participation in VIS may be the best option to resolve data and access concerns.
Accident Reporting System Proposal from NBSAC 15 proposals from NBSAC to consider – submitted in 2009.
Reg project currently being initiated in CG regulatory process. State input will be essential as process moves forward.