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National Safe Boating Week
Whereas, on average, 650 people die each year in boating-related accidents in the United States and approximately three-fourths of these are fatalities caused by drowning; and
Whereas, the vast majority of these accidents are caused by human error or poor judgment and not by the boat, equipment, or environmental factors; and
Whereas, a significant number of boaters who lose their lives by drowning each year would be alive today had they worn their life jackets; and
Whereas, today’s life jackets are more comfortable, more attractive, and more wearable than styles of years past; and
Whereas, the Wear It! North American Safe Boating Campaign promotes boating safety by encouraging boaters to wear life jackets;
Now, therefore, I, Mayor Stephen Henley, do hereby proclaim May 20-26, 2017 as National Boating Week in the Village of Volo and urge all those who boat to “Wear It!” and practice safe boating habits.
Passed this 2nd day of May, 2017