Lou. Metro Council reviewing proposed ordinance requiring life jackets around waterways

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by Christine Wright / Johnny Archer

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 10, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 10 at 3:01 PM

(WHAS11)  According to a newly proposed ordinance, children who are 13-years-of-age or younger might have to wear a flotation device in or around public waterways, like rivers, lakes or ponds in the metro area.

The proposed ordinance is the result of nearly a dozen drowning deaths in Kentuckiana this summer.  According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional deaths for children under 14 years old.

There are still many questions that need answering about the ordinance; like how close to a waterway do children have to be, to be required to wear a life jacket?  Some parents feel the ordinance is good, but believe 13-years-old is too old for the requirement.

In light of the nearly twelve drownings in Kentuckiana this summer, the ordinance is meant to protect children in the area from accidents in the water.
 

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