I read the article on life preservers when on the water in the Mail Tribune on May 21. It seemed odd to me that on the front page of the same issue was a picture showing two rafts on the Rogue River, with no adults wearing life preservers. Does the law concerning the use of these safety devices not cover river water activities as well as lake activities?

I read the article on life preservers when on the water in the Mail Tribune on May 21. It seemed odd to me that on the front page of the same issue was a picture showing two rafts on the Rogue River, with no adults wearing life preservers. Does the law concerning the use of these safety devices not cover river water activities as well as lake activities?

— Melly W.

The law for personal flotation devices (PFDs) is the same for rivers and lakes. The key word in your question is "adults." Whether on rivers or lakes, adults are not required to wear PFDs, but they are required to have them "readily" accessible and size-appropriate for each person.

Children 12 years of age or younger are required to wear PFDs, and adults are required to wear them when rafting in waters that have Class 3 rapids or greater.

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