TheJuly 4, where three died on a pleasure craft after watching a fireworks display, has raised the region's consciousness about
Many experts and boat enthusiasts about the conditions in the water that night -- hundreds of boats in dark, open water -- as well as overall concerns about reckless boating and untrained pilots.
The capsizing and sinking of the Kandi Won has also uncovered a general lack of oversight over the boating community. There has been a high-profile crackdown on drunken boating in recent years. But boat owners aren't licensed. In fact, they're not even required to take a safety course.
Experts say that can have fatal consequences.
What should be done?. Is it time to regulate boat owners the way we license and test drivers for competency? Do enforcement efforts need to be stepped up, or is there nothing to prevent recklessness on Long Island's waterways?
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