Making a difference
Last year was the first for an Oklahoma law requiring youngsters ages 12 to 16 to take a boater safety class before operating jet skis and other motorized watercraft. Lake patrol officers who are gearing up for the summer boating season say there were no personal watercraft-related injuries reported by those who took the course last year. That's heartening. The law was sought by the parents of 12-year-old Kyle Williams of Edmond, who died in a jet ski accident in 2004 at Lake Eufaula. Taking the free safety course doesn't guarantee a young person won't get badly hurt or killed on the water, of course. But if taking the lessons prevents even one family from suffering the loss of a child, it's worthwhile.