At Clark and Steinhorn, we often pontificate about the wondeful fact that highway deaths locally and nationwide are on a steady decline. Unfortunately, for Maryland's waters, the same good news does not hold true.

2011 was a particularly deadly year with 25 boating deaths, alll but one victim a male.

This represents the most Maryland boating deaths in 20 years and efforts to identify why this was the case in 2011 have proven difficult.

Some of the increase may have been attributable to early warm temperatures, which lured boaters out on cold water. The one common denominator was that all but one of the victims wasn't wearing a life jacket.  

The absence of life jackets in Maryland fatal boating accidents is a phenomenon similar to the absence of safety belt use in Maryland auto and truck crash deaths. The lesson, whether driving a boat or a vehicle use safety precautions.
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