Division of Boating AND WATERWAYS

SACRAMENTO, CA 95815-3831
(916) 263-1331

June 1999

Dear Boating Enthusiast:

          California ranks second nationally in the number of registered vessels. As crowded waterways lead to an increased chance of accidents, it is not surprising that California also ranks second nationally in the number of boating accidents. Because of this, it is essential to provide the boating public with the best information possible to provide for their safety.

          The Division of Boating and Waterways' 1998 California Boating Safety Report provides a summary of boating safety programs administered by the Department. These programs cover many areas including boating accident statistics, law enforcement financial support and training, and safety education. They are designed to support the Department's mission to protect the public's right to safe and enjoyable boating.

          A primary focus of this publication is the analysis of boating accidents that occurred in 1998. This information is complied to help us direct our efforts to reduce the number of boating accidents, injuries and fatalities on California's waterways.

          Operator inexperience is the most common cause of accidents. Many accidents and fatalities occurred because operators did not know even basic safety information. To combat this, the Department promotes boating safety through law enforcement and safety educational programs which involve essential, direct interaction with the boating community.

          For more information about this report or other accident statistics, please contact Amy Rigby at (916) 327-1848, or by e-mail:

                                                                               Carlton Moore
                                                                               Interim Director