New York State now requires Long Island boaters to take a safety course with the goal of reducing the number of fatal crashes.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Brianna’s Law, which was named after 11-year-old Brianna Lieneck, who died in a boating accident on the Great South Bay in 2005.
The new law requires boaters age 10 or older who operate power boats to take a one-time eight-hour safety course.
State Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre was one of the sponsors of the bill.
“For me it's just, when my daughter goes to school, I make sure that she is safe, it’s just more of a, one it’s closure for the Lieneck family, and two it’s just making sure that we can protect other families from going through what they’re going through”
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