Here in King County, Washington, the liberals never met a regulation they didn’t like. Add to the list this little gem:
King County requires life jackets five feet from rivers’ shore
The King County Council passed an ordinance Monday requiring anyone in one of the county’s major rivers to wear a life jacket. A swimmer, wader, boater, or floater caught in water more than four feet deep or five feet from shore without a life jacket faces a $86 fine.
Councilmember Kathy Lambert told 97.3 KIRO FM’s Dori Monson Show she voted ‘No’ on the ordinance because “this is a kind of nanny state decision again. Nobody disagrees we want to be safe when they’re swimming and we don’t want to lose lives. Everybody agrees with that. I feel like there are councilmembers that want to be everybody’s mother,” she said.
Lambert explained that the ordinance was created because of the 200 percent increase in snowpack, which could mean higher than normal river flows this summer. Rather than pass an ordinance, Lambert suggested educating county residents. “I believe the citizens of King County are smart enough that if we educate and tell them about these things, they will make the prudent decisions.”
Technically, Lambert said you can get a ticket for standing in ankle-deep water six feet from shore.
Yes, a fisherman that walks out into knee-deep water six feet from shore must now wear a life jacket along with his waders. No wonder Washington State ranks 40 on the Freedom Scale.