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    Texas governor signs kill-switch law

    On Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbot signed a bill that requires boat operators to be physically connected to a boat’s emergency shutoff switch into law.

    The bill was called “Kali’s Law,” after 16-year-old Kali Gorzell died in a 2012 boating accident in Port Aransas, Texas. According to TV station KVUE, a family friend was driving a boat that Gorzell was a passenger on when it “swapped ends.” The teenager fell off the boat and struck the propeller.

    Her family believes that if the driver had been wearing the shutoff switch that Gorzell would still be alive.

    “All new boats will have kill switches, which is a good thing,” said James Gorzell, Kali’s father, in an interview with KVUE sister station KENS. “We believe because of this, lives are being saved already.”

    The law will go into effect on September 1.

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    "Boat operators to be physically connected to a boats emergency shutoff switch" hmmm, I guess that mean connected to lanyard? Please everyone connect the lanyard to your life vest via the kill switch when you are running the big motor.

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    Does anyone have a link to the actual bill/law. Would like to see the details. Stopped/engine running/in motion. What about motors without kill switches attached.

    Wonder if a lawnmower style seat switch would count too....same effect without having to be clipped to something. Technically attached to your rear end when sitting. Wouldnt work if you stand to drive though. Maybe pressure mat on floorboard type stuff. One more thing to break i reckon.

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    https://legiscan.com/TX/text/HB337/2019

    Moving at greater than headway speed.

    Headway speed per TPWD: Slow, idle speed, or speed only fast enough to maintain steerage without creating a swell or wake.

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    Thanks for the info
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    My little boat stops when I quit paddling.
    Seriously. What do you guys think about this? This seems like common sense to me but I have never owned a big motor boat. I would think most newer boats already have this safety feature. I am guessing some folks choose not to use it. This makes me think about the helmet law for bikes.
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    I guess that means boat motors without the switch will have to be modified to comply with the law. I hear that the law is poorly written when it comes to the details. I am sure law enforcement will be checking.

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    If it didnt come with a switch I think you are exempt.

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