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Posted at 3:10 PM ET, 05/25/2010

Md. law requires children wear life jackets

By Washington Post editors

A new law in Maryland requires children under 13 wear personal floatation devices when on water craft less than 21 feet long, the Associated Press reports.

The law, which went into effect in April, comes as officers with Maryland Natural Resources police department (NRP) urge boaters to use caution when out during this Memorial Day weekend. Police will increase patrols during the holiday, which marks the unofficial start of summer.

NRP says none of the 16 people fatally injured in boating accidents last year were wearing life vests. Officials added that alcohol and drugs were a factor in seven fatal boating accidents.

By Washington Post editors  | May 25, 2010; 3:10 PM ET
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