2003 California Boating Safety Report

Letter from the Director

May 2004
Dear Boating Enthusiast:
     California has some of the nation's most beautiful and accessible waterways and ranks second nationally in the number of registered vessels.  As crowded recreational waterways lead to an increased chance of mishaps, it is not surprising that California also ranks second in the number of boating accidents.  Because of this, it is important that the boating public have the best information possible to enhance safety on the water.
     A primary focus of this publication is the analysis of boating accidents that occurred in 2003.  This information is compiled to help us direct our efforts to reduce the number of boating accidents, injuries, and fatalities on California's waterways.
     The report also includes information about the Department's efforts to promote boating safety through safety education and law enforcement programs that involve essential direct interaction with the boating community.
     A priority for the Department is educating boaters about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.  To increase awareness, the Department has produced an information brochure and warning sticker for a boat's transom which is currently in distribution.  The Department is also producing TV and radio public service announcements to reach additional boaters with this important message.  These PSAs will be available later this year.
     This report is also available on the Department's website, www.dbw.ca.gov.  For more information about this or other accident statistics, please contact Amy Rigby by telephone at (916) 327-1848 or by email at Amy.Rigby@parks.ca.gov.
Raynor Tsuneyoshi