As the waves danced along the shore, I lay back against my beach chair and took it all in. The air was warm, and the beams of sunlight were glowing against my skin. I closed my eyes and heard the laughter of small children running about, the barking of dogs in the distance, and the scraping of a jogger’s sneakers on the gravel track. I took a deep breathe; summer is finally here and I am going to enjoy every second of it.
BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! I jumped up from my chair and ran to the group of people gathered on the shore. There he was, his lifeless body washed up against the white sand, blood spilling from his head… He died, instantly.
Summer season is here and the jet skis have come out. What people seem to misunderstand is that although jet skis can provide hours of fun, they can be extremely dangerous in the hands of a negligent, inexperienced, or intoxicated driver. Jet skis provide the same type of thrill as riding a motorcycle. This may be because jet skis borrow much of their technology from motorcycles. Jet skis come with powerful engines that range in size from 550cc to 1200cc. Interestingly, many companies known for making motorcycles also make jet skis. In fact, the original manufacturer of the Jet Ski back in the 1970′s was Kawasaki. Nowadays, a number of other manufacturers, including Honda, compete for this growing market.
Despite the fun of jet skiing, the basic design of all personal watercraft has been criticized, including jet skis, because, personal watercraft have no braking mechanisms. They coast to a stop, and while coasting, there is no turning ability.
Most experts concur that jet skis present special hazards because they will not steer when you let go of the throttle. This presents inexperienced jet skiers with an unexpected loss of control when something unforeseen happens. Unlike traditional boats, jet skis are rudderless. When the throttle is off, a speeding jet ski has been compared to a car sliding on ice because it can’t stop or turn, and the driver has virtually no control.
Many safety experts also believe that, contrary to industry claims, the vehicles themselves, not just the riders, cause numerous injuries and fatalities. These critics believe that the design of jet skis makes them a menace, not only to their own riders, but to swimmers, kayakers, boaters, and anyone else who shares the water in good faith.
Because of their speed and lack of protection in the case of an accident or collision, jet skis present many of the same hazards as motorcycles. Both Jet Ski and motorcycle accidents result in a significant number of fatalities a year.
Both types of vehicle are often enjoyed by thrill seekers and operated at high speeds. This thrill factor, combined with the absence of any protection in case of a collision or loss of control, means that jet ski accident victims are also more likely to suffer serious injury and death.
If you enjoy the thrill and adrenaline rush provided by driving a jet ski, keep these statistics in mind when you go on your next ride. And be sure to use necessary safety precautions for yourself and your passengers. Please, please keep our beaches clean, safe and rowdy-less!
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