GIS Map Gallery: November 2004

2003 Boating Incidents

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Boating Accidents for 2003

The map of the month for November 2004 illustrates the distribution of boating accidents that occurred in 2003 around the Commonwealth. Spatial data on boating accidents are gathered and summarized at the end of each year. This information comes from law enforcement agencies performing watercraft investigations. Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries (DGIF) & Virginia Marine Resources Commission are the agencies that most frequently investigate boating accidents. Year-end reports are used to visualize accident occurrence. The ability to see where these accidents occur allows law enforcement officers to adjust patrols and focus boating education efforts.

According to DGIF regulations: "The operator or owner of a boat involved in an accident must promptly notify a State Game Warden or marine patrol officer if: A person is injured requiring medical treatment beyond first aid or damage to the boat and other property exceeds $2,000. If a person dies or disappears as a result of an accident, the boat operator must also notify the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) without delay by calling (804) 367-1258, or notify the most immediately available Game Warden. In addition, a written report of a boating accident must be made. Written reports of accidents involving only property damage must be made within 10 days of the accident. However, you must file an accident report within 48 hours in cases involving a death, disappearance or injury requiring medical treatment beyond first aid. Boating accident report forms can be from any office of the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries or obtained online."

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