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THE QUESTION: Should boatmen have licenses to navigate, as motorists have licenses to drive?
Jimmy Jemail
February 09, 1959
GOVERNOR ALBERT D. ROSELLINI Olympia, Wash. Licensing could be a partial answer. I personally feel that anyone operating a motorboat carrying a lot of power should be subject to more regulations than we presently have. There's a definite responsibility attached to boating.
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February 09, 1959

The Question: Should Boatmen Have Licenses To Navigate, As Motorists Have Licenses To Drive?

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GOVERNOR ALBERT D. ROSELLINI
Olympia, Wash.
Licensing could be a partial answer. I personally feel that anyone operating a motorboat carrying a lot of power should be subject to more regulations than we presently have. There's a definite responsibility attached to boating.

RAY O. WAGEMAKER
President
Wagemaker Co.
Grand Rapids, Mich.
No. Waterways are not as confining as roads. On a highway a motorist has little latitude; on waterways he has 50% to 100% more latitude. Furthermore, a boatman's investment is usually substantial and he will not jeopardize it.

FRANK W. NORRIS
Chairman of the Board
Barnett Natl. Bank
Jacksonville, Fla.
Certainly. The authorities would never permit a man to drive a car without an appropriate test for a license, but they allow anyone to operate a boat without such a test, and a boat can be as hazardous as an automobile.

GOVERNOR G. MENNEN WILLIAMS
Lansing, Mich.
No, but the boat should be. We are busy getting bugs out of a new law requiring all power-propelled boats and others over 16 feet to be licensed. This will make possible the identification and arrest of the few who endanger the lives of others.

VICE-ADMIRAL ALFRED RICHMOND
Commandant
U.S. Coast Guard
Washington, D.C.
No, because boating is not like driving. Licensing hasn't cut down reckless auto driving. We may have it eventually, but I would hate to see any unnecessary boating restrictions until we know how helpful licensing will be.

GOVERNOR LEROY COLLINS
Tallahassee, Fla.
Although we have had a great increase in boating, the time has not come for universal licensing. I'm sure a motorboat operator should know the rules of the road. If he doesn't and he causes an accident, it should be a misdemeanor.

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