Utah State Parks Blog

Do You Know Boating’s BIG 3?

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and marine law enforcement officers across the country want you to be aware of the 3 major contributors to accidents, injuries, and fatalities in the water.

1 of every 2 accidents, injuries, and fatalities is caused by ignoring the BIG 3.

  1. Wear your life jacket– Almost ¾ of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, and of those, 88% were not reported as wearing a life jacket.
  2. Obey and follow navigation rules – Even though there are no yellow lines on the water, there are still “rules of the road” you must follow.
  3. Don’t drink and boat– Alcohol was the leading contributing factor in all recreational boating fatalities.


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