Monticello, AR asked in Criminal Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Arkansas

Q: In Arkansas, if neither person in a boat has a life jacket on board, who is at fault, the boat owner or each person?

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A: In Arkansas, as in many states, boating safety regulations typically require that there must be a sufficient number of U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets on board for each person on the boat. If neither person in a boat has a life jacket on board, it's likely that both the boat owner and each individual on the boat could be at fault for not complying with safety regulations.

The responsibility for ensuring the presence of proper safety equipment, including life jackets, usually falls on the boat operator (owner) who should make sure the required equipment is available for all occupants. However, passengers also have a responsibility to follow safety rules and wear a life jacket when required.

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