The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be participating in the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators “Spring Aboard” campaign.
The program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Coast Guard and encourages and motivates boaters to participate in a boater education course.
Boaters are encouraged to register for a certified boating educational course during the week of March 18 through the 24th.
Missouri law requires everyone born after January 1, 1984 to possess a boating safety education card and photo I.D. The law also applies to personal watercraft operators.
According to the Coast Guard, 77 percent of boating deaths occur on boats where the operator never received boating education instruction.