File No. 34355

This notice was published in the February 1, 2011, issue (Vol. 2011, No. 3) of the Utah State Bulletin.

Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation

Rule R651-215

Personal Flotation Devices

Five-Year Notice of Review and Statement of Continuation

DAR File No.: 34355
Filed: 01/11/2011 01:30:54 PM


Concise explanation of the particular statutory provisions under which the rule is enacted and how these provisions authorize or require the rule:

The statute authorizes the State Parks Board to promulgate rules relating to the wearing of personal flotation devices in Subsection 73-18-8(1)(d): "The board may require by rule for personal flotation devices to be worn:...."

Summary of written comments received during and since the last five-year review of the rule from interested persons supporting or opposing the rule:

The Division has received any written comments in support or opposition of this rule.

Reasoned justification for continuation of the rule, including reasons why the agency disagrees with comments in opposition to the rule, if any:

Our life-jacket-wear rules are designed to provide safety to individuals participating in boating activities where there is an increased risk of falling overboard or being injured. Therefore, this rule should be continued. In many years of collecting boating accident data, the US Coast Guard finds that personal flotation device (PFD) wear has saved a large number of lives and if more persons were required to wear PFDs even more lives would be saved.

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:

Natural Resources
Parks and Recreation
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84116-3154

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Tammy Wright at the above address, by phone at 801-538-7359, by FAX at 801-538-7378, or by Internet E-mail at

Authorized by:

Fred Hayes, Acting Operations Deputy Director



Additional Information

The Portable Document Format (PDF) version of the Bulletin is the official version. The PDF version of this issue is available at The HTML edition of the Bulletin is a convenience copy. Any discrepancy between the PDF version and HTML version is resolved in favor of the PDF version.

For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Tammy Wright at the above address, by phone at 801-538-7359, by FAX at 801-538-7378, or by Internet E-mail at