Release Date: 12/06/2007

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted two notices of intent pertaining to boating safety for select hand tiller outboard motor vessels.

The first notice of intent would require operators of Class A (up to 16 feet) and Class One (16 to less than 26 feet) motorboats, which already have an existing engine cut-off switch and are equipped with a hand tiller outboard motor, to use engine cut-off switches.  The engine cut-off switch on these types of boats would have to be attached to the operator via a lanyard.  Any motorboat manufactured without an engine cut-off switch would not fall under this new rule.  This rule also would not apply to any commercial activity.

The second notice of intent would require operators and passengers to wear their personal flotation devices (PFD) while aboard a Class A motorboat steered by a hand tiller outboard motor while moving.  The operator of this type of motorboat would be responsible to ensure all passengers on board are in compliance of this new rule.

Written comments on these notices of intent can be submitted to Lt. Col. Jeff Mayne, Enforcement Division, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98,000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 no later than Feb. 7, 2008.

For more information, contact Sgt. Rachel Zechenelly at 225-765-2984 or rzechenelly@wlf.louisiana.gov.