As well as the need for a more appropriate life jacket, these proposed laws face two other major problems:
- Enforcing the Law
The Emergency Services Minister has admitted that the laws will be hard to police. The New South Wales coastline is expansive and many fishermen plan and shift locations based on conditions and yield.
- Communicating the Message
New life jacket laws shouldn’t just be about enforcement, they need to be about awareness. Previous safety messages have failed to get through, and this could be partly because many rock fishers are not native English-speakers.
With the introduction of new laws and a one year amnesty, the government still needs to find a way to communicate the importance of these laws. One suggestion from the deputy coroner is to employ a shock tactic, erecting signage that clearly indicates the number of deaths associated with the past time.
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