PWC safety pledge campaign under way

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The Personal Watercraft Industry Association started its “Summer Safe Rider” campaign with safety demonstrations as well as social media awareness focused on safety tips and a safe rider pledge.

On Tuesday at Port Royale Marina on Lake Lanier in Georgia, the Personal Watercraft Industry Association launched an effort to have 100,000 PWC riders of all ages sign the pledge by July 4. In addition to PWIA executive director David Dickerson, addresses came from Georgia state legislators, including members of the Lake Lanier caucus. Speakers included:

• Rep. Josh Clark, Buford, District 98

• Rep. Geoff Duncan, Cumming, District 26

• Rep. Lee Hawkins, Gainesville, District 49

• Rep. Kevin Tanner, Dawsonville, District 9

• Sen. Renee Unterman, Buford, District 45

• Lt. Col. Jeff Weaver, assistant chief of law enforcement at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division

The day’s events included on-water, follow-the-leader safety demonstrations by PWC industry experts, information about national PWIA programs and initiatives, and summer safety tips and remarks from marine Industry professionals, local officials, local law enforcement and environmental agency representatives.

As boating season starts this Memorial Day, more than 1 million PWC will take to the water in the United States. PWC have become an increasingly popular choice for marine recreation, but as Americans get ready for fun on the water the PWIA wants riders to play it safe.

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