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Horsepower and speed limits for Maine's Lakes

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Maine\'s lakes are a vitally important natural resource. Maine\'s lakes should be fun and safe. Maine Department of IFW has a staff of 125 Wardens. This means that on average each county has 6.5 wardens. I have signed this petition because there are not enough wardens in the state to provide adequate law enforcement on inland waters. Certainly there are not enough wardens to enforce boating regulations on the more congested surface waters of the state. This lack of enforcement has caused a state of lawlessness on Maine\'s inland waters. This lack of law-enforcement has made many of Maine\'s lakes unsafe for recreation. This petition is made to the Maine Legislature, requesting that more warden\'s be hired, night and day speed limits be enacted for Maine\'s lakes and that horsepower and types of use restriction be enacted with regards to prohibiting the use of off shore racing boats on inland waters. Additionally some form of boater education must be required to operate a boat in the state of Maine.

Sponsor LRSLA supports Safe Boating and Quiet Lakes on our region\'s surface waters. We are blessed to have some of the most wonderful surface waters in the world right here in the Lakes Region of Southern Maine. In fact this region\'s lakes and ponds have been drawing visitors to it for over a century. Of course we all know that those same virtues which attract tourism can cause impacts to a region and safety concerns. With increased tourism and boating comes increases in safety risks. LRSLA believes that a safe day on the lake can be a fun day on the lake.
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