My opinion is that this is about revenue, not safety
. Therefore, it would be interesting to compare states that have vessel licensing (CT, PA, etc) to those that don't.
What are the rate of accidents between those? That would tell if the licensing has a safety
effect. Betcha it's negligible, therefore the data would not support additional legislation WRT licensing. Notice that most of the CA dwellers immediately think this is all about the $$$. "It's for Safety" and "Think about the children" are often used to ensure that debate does not occur. (And the other fun CA trick, holding the state parks/public schools hostage)
Unfortunately for the state, many individuals are taking Sailorchick's view - i.e. "I'm outta here." This is an extremely reasonable and logical position. IMHO, it's exactly what should happen. Unfortunately for the rest of the population of the state many of those leaving are taking their businesses with them. Heck, we've got ads running on the radio
with the Governor of Texas
talking about moving industry there. This is affecting State revenue, and the State is trying to make it up wherever it can.
It's already illegal to BUI. More legislation will not change that. If the data from comparing licensed states to non-licensed states shows that licensing significantly improves safety, I'd change my mind.
And the data presented earlier shows what I think we all likely thought - most accidents are runabouts and PWC
. I'm actually a bit surprised that most accidents weren't PWC