[United States Statutes at Large, Volume 124, 111th Congress, 2nd Session]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office, www.gpo.gov]

PROCLAMATION 8524--MAY 20, 2010

Proclamation 8524 of May 20, 2010
National Safe Boating Week, 2010
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

Our Nation's waterways provide endless opportunities for family
recreation, exercise, or moments of quiet solitude and reflection. As
the weather warms and people prepare to spend time on the water, let us
recommit during National Safe Boating Week to practicing safe techniques
so boaters of all ages can enjoy this pastime.
Responsible and informed behavior on board can keep boaters and
passengers free from harm. Wearing a Coast Guard-approved life jacket,
taking a boating safety course, being aware of weather conditions, and
ensuring all boats have the necessary safety equipment are all important
steps Americans can take to minimize risk on the water. Those who
operate boats must also take extra precautions to keep their passengers
safe and never boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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To help save lives and prevent accidents, the United States Coast Guard
partners with boating organizations to raise awareness and teach safe
boating practices. Boaters can take advantage of these opportunities to
learn, make informed decisions, and teach family and friends to use
caution while on board. By practicing safe boating habits and
encouraging others to do the same, Americans can protect themselves and
others throughout the boating season.
In recognition of the importance of safe boating practices, the
Congress, by Joint Resolution approved June 4, 1958 (36 U.S.C. 131), as
amended, has authorized and requested the President to proclaim annually
the 7-day period prior to Memorial Day weekend as ``National Safe
Boating Week.''
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of
America, do hereby proclaim May 22 through May 28, 2010, as National
Safe Boating Week. I encourage all Americans who participate in boating
activities to observe this occasion by learning more about safe boating
practices and to take advantage of boating education.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of
May, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence
of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.