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The Effects of Boating Safety Regulations

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This article investigates the effects of boater education programs and an increase in the number of water patrol officers on the prevention of recreational boating accidents. The empirical study, which estimates a reduced-form model similar to those used in the automobile safety literature, analyzes data on boating accidents that occurred in 1994 from 49 states and the District of Columbia. Model simulations, based on empirical estimates from Poisson and negative binomial models, suggest that a uniform law-enforcement policy of one-and-a-half water patrol officers per 1,000 boaters would prevent between 2,229 (negative binomial) and 2,318 (Poisson) accidents in 44 states.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Resource Economics and Policy, University of Maine, Orono, Maine, USA 2: Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA

Publication date: July 1, 2003

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