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Letters: Toughen penalties for intoxication while boating or driving

A Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau police boat

A Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau police boat cuts through the water as it operates in the Great South Bay. (July 1, 2012) Credit: Newsday/ Thomas A. Ferrara

The July 4 boating accident was indeed a tragedy, but requiring maximum capacity placards to be installed on boats won't solve the problem ["A push for boat rider limit," News, July 16].

We've been boating on Long Island for nearly 30 years and, like many others, we could write a book about the things we've seen or heard about.

One step in the right direction would be mandatory licensing, safe boating courses and required continuing education. Another would be more severe penalties for violations, such as boating while intoxicated or not carrying adequate safety equipment.

Carol and John Mitchell, Hampton Bays

It is incomprehensible to me that our legislators cannot come up with stiffer penalties for those using a motor vehicle under the influence. Whether you're driving, boating, snowmobiling or on an all-terrain vehicle, the laws are not tough enough.

When people are given any variety of sentences depending on the judge or jurisdiction, it is frustrating. We should have a mandatory sentence. There are too many people getting killed.

Maybe the citizens ourselves can vote on these issues that are so difficult for the Albany crew.

Richard Koffler, Merrick