For the fist time in years, Minnesota boaters celebrate the unofficial start to the boating season with a new regulation in place. A Minnesota state law took effect May 1st, making carbon monoxide detectors mandatory on some boats-the fist of its kind law in the nation. While pending legislation could push the effective date of Sophia's law to 2018, as of this weekend the law is in effect and offices will issue warnings.
The law, Sophia's Law is named for Edina 7 year old Sophia Baechler, who died in 2015 on Lake Minnetonka when carbon monoxide leaked from a hole in the boat's exhaust pipe. With law gas prices, officers are expecting crowded lakes and rivers across the state, which has 800,000 registered boaters and ranks no.1 in the state for most boats per capita.
Law enforcement will be clamping down on drunken and distracted boating. They'll also be enforcing speed rules, especially with special speed limits on some lakes and rivers. Throughout the state, 150 DNR conservation officers will also be deployed this weekend to enforce rules-along with new canine experts.
This is an area where Justifeyed can be very helpful during the summer season. There is so many miles and miles of water, that it truly is impossible for law enforcement and DNR to catch every crime happening. While we are off having fun with our friends and family on the water Justifeyed offers another set of eyes to capture crime on the lake. We can offer an instant view of what is happening and where you are, to be that helping hand for authorities. Someone might want to advise the proper authorities of crime happening on the lake, and Justifeyed can be the tool that does just that. This keeps so many people safe to enjoy their time on the water, know they are safe and just a click away from help.