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Arizona launches life jacket loaner program

Arizona launches life jacket loaner program

By Taylor Higgins. CREATED May 28, 2013

PHOENIX (AP) - Boating safety officials hope a new life jacket loaner program will decrease the number of serious and fatal boat accidents on Arizona lakes.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department and Maricopa County Sheriff's Office kicked off the new program last weekend.
Officers patrolling lakes will keep life vests on board to loan to boaters who don't have sufficient life jackets of their own.
The Arizona Republic says the program is an expansion of similar ones at Lake Havasu and along the Colorado River that have been around for about four years.
State and federal law requires that every boat have a properly sized and fitted life jacket for every person on board, and children 12 years old and under must wear a life jacket while the boat is moving.
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