BOATING — A divided King County Council has passed a measure to require all swimmers, floaters and boaters on the county’s rivers to wear life vests.
Spokane County already has a similar law that reads:
All persons regardless of age shall wear a personal flotation device while on moving water.
King County's new law will take effect 10 days after the county executive signs it.
Council opponents called it an intrusive move by “big government.” In the words of Councilwoman Kathy Lambert — who voted ‘no’ — “This council sometimes thinks it’s everybody’s Mom.”
Supporters say it will help save lives.
First-time offenders will get a warning; a second violation will mean an $86 fine.