If Roads and Maritime Services has its way, Dads across NSW will be extra buoyant this Father’s Day.
A campaign to encourage people to wear lifejackets is targeting primary school age children and encouraging them to ‘Wrap Dad in a lifejacket’.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said a lifejacket was a great alternative present to the usual presents.
“If you’re looking for something a bit different, a lifejacket is a great - and very safe - alternative,” Mr MacDonald said.
“Lifejacket wear is required by legislation in most circumstances when out boating and fines of $250 apply if you are caught not wearing one - more than the cost of most lifejackets.
“This Father’s Day, we’re enlisting the help of families to remind Dad how important a lifejacket is when boating and to help us deliver this important safety message”
“We need to keep Dads as safe as possible given eight out of tenpeople who drown while boating in NSW aren’t wearing a lifejacket and the overwhelming majority are male”.
Roads and Maritime is providing a selection of public and private primary schools across NSW with gift packs promoting lifejacket wear on a travel coffee cup, perfect for Father’s Day. The packs will also include a colouring-in Father’s Day card and a small pack of pencils.
“This campaign supports the great work our Boating Education Officers do with some of these schools and others across the state to reinforce the safe boating on our waterways.”.
Click here to watch the Father’s Day campaign video.
For more information on boating safety visit http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime/
Scot MacDonald | 02 9230 2393