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Drivers should be exempt from wearing a seat-belt when operating a motor vehicle to launch or retrieve a boat.

The risk of wearing a seat belt around water in an incident and being unable to be freed outweighs risks of not wearing a restraint at very low speeds over a very short distance. Exemptions for reversing already exist in some jurisdictions. Therefore, an extension to operating around boat ramps is prudent.

Seat-belts are an inconvenience when frequently entering and exiting a motor vehicle during launch or retrieval of a boat via a boat ramp.

Law enforcement officers unscrupulously target drivers operating on public boat ramps to issue infringement notices. As there is no public safety risk, such activity erodes public trust in the government and law enforcement.

# Public Policy