St. Louis Public Radio News
11:21 am
Thu May 8, 2003

MO House Passes Boat Class Requirement

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri House Wednesday voted in favor of requiring young people to take a boating safety course before driving on a lake.

The legislation keeps the minimum boat driving age at 14, but adds the requirement that those age 14 to 21 must take a course approved by the state Water Patrol before they could get their boater's license. The legislation only applies to driving a boat on a lake; rivers wouldn't be affected.

The Senate will now consider the changes made in the House. Supporters say such a law would improve safety on the lakes, most notably Lake of the Ozarks.