Kids who’re anxiously looking forward to the end of the school year might not be happy to find out they need to take one more test to have some fast summer fun on the water. A new state regulation requires anyone age 12 to 17 to complete a certified boating safety course before they can ride a personal water craft in the state. P-W-C’s are the vehicles commonly known by the trade name “Jetski” that’re a sort of motorcyle on water. D-N-R safety officer Dale Anderson says you can get certified by surfing to the D-N-R’S website at www.iowadnr.com. Or you can pick up a book at your local D-N-R office. It costs 15 dollars to take the test on-line, and five dollars if you get a book and mail in the test. Anderson says you might have trouble finding the book though. He says budget constraints have limited the number of books they’ve been able to print. Anderson says officers probably won’t hand out a lot of tickets this summer. He says officers generally go a little easy the first year of a new law, and will hand out cards explaining the new regulation and ask kids to get certified before using the craft. The new law came after several accidents involving kids on the speedy craft. Anderson thinks it will help cut back those accidents. He says anytime you’re dealing with people operating a vehicle that can be considered a deadly weapon, you need to have some controls. He says it’s not much different from driving a car or motorcycle. Anderson is the safety officer for Monona, Crawford, Carroll, Greene, Harrison, Shelby, Audubon, Guthrie, Pottawattamie, Cass, Adair, Mills, Montgomery, Adams, Union, Fremont, Page, Taylor and Ringgold counties in southern Iowa.
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