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Education Quick Phase-In Study

Using accident data submitted from each State contained in the United States Coast Guard's Boating Accident Report Database (BARD), an analysis was conducted of the fatality rates, fatal accident rates, and trends of two States (Alabama and Connecticut) which have completed a "Quick Phase-In" boat operator education policy and compared them to the rest of the country, their bordering States, and States categorized by policy type. Included is a literature review on education's effectiveness as a safety intervention and an analysis of fatal accident operator age distribution in order to gain insight regarding policy variation.

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