Executive Summary



The California Division of Boating and Waterways administers many programs to provide for boating safety on the State's waterways. The 1999 California Boating Safety Report summarizes activities performed in three key safety program areas:

  Boating accident analysis

  Law enforcement

  Safety education

This report also highlights the Department's current program enhancements and future safety initiatives designed to reduce accidents and make California's waterways safer.

Through the boating accident program, the Department provides useful accident information to boaters, law enforcement agencies, and educators. This information is communicated to the general public through the incorporation of accident analysis and relevant safety measures into the Department's safety education programs and law enforcement training programs. Exhibit E-1 provides a summary of key boating accident statistics for 1999.

The Department provides supplemental funding to counties for law enforcement activities and promotes uniform enforcement of boating laws through its law enforcement training programs. In 1999, the financial aid program allocated more than $8.1 million to 36 counties and 2 cities for enforcement personnel and operating costs. In turn, the counties provided crucial boating law enforcement, as well as safety training for law enforcement officers and the public. Exhibit E-2 provides a summary of law enforcement activities supported by the Department's financial aid program.

In 1999, the law enforcement-training program included seven courses on various boating safety topics, in which Department staff trained more than 500 marine enforcement officers.

The Department's safety education programs provided nearly 2 million individuals with boating safety training and materials. On-going partnerships with educational institutions, aquatic centers, and non-profit organizations provided crucial safety information to students and the general public. Additionally, the Department sponsored a statewide radio and billboard campaign to promote life jacket usage and highlight the dangers of mixing alcohol and boating. Exhibit E-3 provides a summary of the Department's safety education outreach programs.

New programs developed in 1999 focus on improving public outreach and expanding law enforcement training. Enhancements to existing programs reflect changing accident statistics and key safety concerns. Exhibit E-4 presents a summary of 1999 program enhancements and initiatives.