Trends in life jacket wear among recreational boaters: A dozen years (1999-2010) of US observational data
The overall wear rate was 21.7 per cent, with sharp differences by age and boat types. The study found strong increasing trends in wear rates among youth boaters, but among adults, the only increase was on sailboats. The increasing trend among youth is probably due to a combination of expanding laws for mandatory life jacket use among this age group, and targeted educational campaigns promoting life jacket use for children. Future efforts to increase the prevalence of life jacket wear should target groups with low wear rates and boaters on boats most likely to capsize. The study suggests that policymakers should give serious consideration to regulations requiring adult boaters to wear life jackets while boating. Thomas W. Mangione, Wendy Chowa, and Jennifer Nguyen. Journal of Public Health Policy, 2012: 33.
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