Commonwealth of Massachusetts

A Proclamation

His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Boating is a popular family-oriented activity in the Bay State; and

Whereas While it is a great form of recreation, boating can be risky if precautionary measures are not taken to protect oneself, family and friends; and

Whereas Not knowing or following the Navigation Rules, drinking alcohol or taking drugs while operating, and choosing not to wear a lifejacket, are examples of risky boating behavior which have led to significant property damage, serious injury and even death; and

Whereas According to the North American Safe Boating Campaign, on average, seven hundred people die each year in boating accidents in the United States, including ten people each year in the Commonwealth; and

Whereas The vast majority of those who lost their life while boating would be alive today had they worn their lifejackets; and

Whereas We encourage all boaters to be “Boat Smart From the Start” by taking a boating course, wearing your lifejacket, and practicing safe boating habits while underway,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim May 19th – 25th, 2012 to be

Safe Boating Week

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twelfth day of May, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
               By His Excellency                  

Deval L. Patrick                       
Governor of the Commonwealth          

William Francis Galvin              
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts