LFP Police: Users of human-powered watercraft must wear flotation devices

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Lake Forest Park City Council passed Ordinance 1222 at their meeting on May 13, 2021.

Ordinance 1222 makes it a requirement for all users of human powered watercraft to wear a United States Coast Guard approved personal flotation device.

This ordinance is meant to promote boater safety and lessen the risk of tragic accidents occurring on the water. 

This ordinance was published on Tuesday, May 18, and will take effect on Sunday, May 23, 2021.

With the warmer months upon us, more people will be out boating so remember to wear your personal flotation device.


Haru May 23, 2021 at 5:36 AM  

So a adult on a innertube or flotation mattress possibly suntanning will now be required under threat of arrest or ticket be required to wear an approved life jacket. So poor people who can't afford one now can't float on the water. Making laws that are revenue based will limit who uses the public water as recreation. This is a law that will be abused by the enforcers of the city council.

Anonymous,  May 23, 2021 at 2:25 PM  

Innertubes and floaties don't really meet the definition of "human powered watercraft" per the Ordinance. Did you read it?

Unknown May 24, 2021 at 10:20 AM  

Couldn't agree more Haru. I don't think responsible adults really need their city government dictating principles of safety to them, no matter how well intentioned. How about a campaign to promote safe practices rather than creating yet another ordinance to throw at citizens?

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