In Idaho, children age 14 and younger are required to wear life jackets on any vessel that is moving on a body of water — including rafts and floats. This law is due to the year-round cold-water conditions prevalent in many of Idaho’s rivers and lakes that can pose an immediate risk to those who fall in the water, specifically young children. Other vessels that count include all motor and paddle craft, such as canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, row boats and drift boats, according to information from Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. In addition, those life jackets must be Coast Guard approved and properly fitted.
“Adult operators of a vessel that do not comply with the kids’ life jacket law are subject to a $99 citation,” reads a release from the department.
For more information, visit www.boatidaho.gov.