Coast Guard presents Boating Safety Award to BRP for safety initiative

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Coast Guard Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety recognizes Bombardier Recreational Products today with its Boating Safety Award.

The award is given to BRP for its commitment to improving boating safety through the introduction of an unprecedented electronically controlled hand-braking system on two of its most popular and biggest selling 2009 Sea-Doo personal watercraft models.

This iBR (intelligent brake and reverse) braking innovation adds tremendously to the safety provided by the off-throttle and off-power steering systems that have been introduced to the personal watercraft arena. It allows the operator to stop the personal watercraft within a remarkably shorter distance and maintain much better control of the vessel.

The Coast Guard is optimistic that this innovative braking system will decrease the number of personal watercraft accidents, and the unfortunate deaths and injuries that can result from these accidents.

“The braking capability of this new design is not just an evolutionary improvement but a revolutionary improvement to the safety of these vessels,” said Capt. Mark Rizzo, chief of the Coast Guard Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety. “Although this new braking system should help prevent some accidents, the Coast Guard continues its efforts to educate PWC riders to keep a safe distance from other vessels.”

The U.S. Coast Guard Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety is dedicated to reducing loss of life, injuries, and property damage that occur on U.S. waterways by improving the knowledge, skills, and abilities of recreational boaters.

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