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Talk Back: Mandatory Boating Safety Courses

Proposed legislation would require boat operators to complete safety course or face fines.

A county bill expected to be introduced Tuesday before the Suffolk County Legislature would or risk getting fined.

The proposed legislation follows in the wake of Christopher Mannino, a West Islip man in a boating under the influence accident in the Great South Bay on June 23.

In July, Mannino's widow, Michelle, at a press conference.

Several readers have already weighed in on Patch's Facebook page.

"Once again it takes a tragedy to make a law that is plain common sense to begin with," wrote Marianne Pizzo Bowden.

Stephen Guardino wrote: "This isnt already a requirement??? Wow.."

Do you support a mandated boating safety course? Take our poll and tell us in the comments below.

Tom S August 07, 2012 at 03:49 PM
If anyone were to spend a summer weekend on the Great South Bay or L.I.Sound, the need for the immediate implimentation of mandatory boating safety courses would become obvious to them.
Laurie August 09, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Unfortunately, most of the issues we have are due to people who don't think that the laws apply to them, rather than igonorance of them. We have had many close calls with other boats who who were going way too fast, riding too close, etc. If there are going to be mandatory boating courses, then I would hope that the money collected would be applied to putting more patrols on the waterways, dredging the inlets, etc. I would hate for the money to be earmarked for something other than the population from which it is being collected.
Laurie August 09, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Unfortunately, most of the issues we have are due to people who don't think that the laws apply to them, rather than ignorance of them. We have had many close calls with other boats who who were going way too fast, riding too close, etc. If there are going to be mandatory boating courses, then I would hope that the money collected would be applied to putting more patrols on the waterways, dredging the inlets, etc. I would hate for the money to be earmarked for something other than the population from which it is being collected.

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