Mayor Abramson Announces River Safety Partnership
Friday April 14, 2006
Alicia Smiley Allison Martin
LMPD Mayor's Office
(502) 574-7761 (502) 574-1909
Boaters will find it a little easier this year to safely enjoy recreational opportunities on the Ohio River, thanks to a new partnership announced today by Major Jerry E. Abramson. The Louisville Metro Police Department, Kentuckiana Yacht Sales and Allstate Insurance are teaming up to ensure that boaters have the proper safety equipment they need to enjoy a safe boating season.
The two businesses are donating safety equipment that will be distributed by LMPD's River Patrol Unit. Items will include: life jackets, fire extinguishers and rescue flotation devices. Boaters undergoing inspections at local marinas and public boat ramps may be given one of these items instead of receiving a citation for deficient safety equipment.
"Public safety is our top priority, and I appreciate two local businesses endorsing our community policing efforts by stepping forward to assist us with this important program," Abramson said. "Working together we can make this a safe summer for thousands of families who enjoy boating on the river."
LMPD's River Patrol issues about 350 citations or warnings during a typical boating season, which runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The most common violations include an insufficient number of life jackets or fire extinguishers.
"Having the proper safety equipment on a boat can mean the difference between a fun outing and a potential disaster," Chief Robert White said. "We're delighted that Kentuckiana Yacht Sales and Allstate Insurance are assisting in our efforts to educate people about the importance of water safety."
Kentuckiana Yacht Sales first approached the LMPD River Patrol with the idea of a safety partnership. The company's participation includes the donation of life jackets, rescue flotation devices and fire extinguishers.
"This is a win-win partnership for everyone involved," Kentuckiana Yacht Sales co-owner Scott Pullen said. "We get the chance to help keep our community safe and the boaters who have equipment violations will have the chance to continue safely enjoying the river with their friends and family."
Allstate Insurance is a leader in boating safety - routinely participating in the Sport, Boat and Vacation Show. Each year the company distributes hundreds of free children's life jackets during the event.
"Allstate is committed to making the communities where we live, work and raise our families as safe as possible. That is the reason for this safe boating program," Crestwood Agent Kay Webb said. "A lot of people don't realize that it isn't enough to just have a life jacket, but one that's also the correct size."
For more information about the River Safety Partnership, contact MetroCall at 311 or visit www.louisvilleky.gov.