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For Immediate Release

Date: 10/22/13

Rep. Lockman Introduces Bill to Prevent Repeat of Roque Bluffs Drowning

Amherst state rep's bill would require signs and lighting near boat ramps

AUGUSTA - State Representative Lawrence Lockman (R-Amherst) has introduced a bill that he hopes will prevent another tragedy such as what happened at Roque Bluffs this past summer.

In July, two women, one of them pregnant, accidentally drove their minivan down a boat ramp and into the ocean on a foggy night. The road abruptly ended at the ramp and lacked adequate signage or lighting. Both women drowned in the tragic incident.

"I understand that they've put better signage up at the Roque Bluffs ramp, but there should still be lighting and there are boat ramps like this all across the state that are perilously close to roads where people could easily drive into the water," said Lockman, who is introducing his bill for consideration when the legislature reconvenes in January.

Rep. Lockman's bill would require that boat ramps on public property be equipped with signs and adequate lighting nearby so that drivers can easily see the hazard before it is too late.

"What happened to these two women was absolutely tragic, and I'm not confident we as a state are doing everything we can to prevent it from happening again," added Lockman. "This bill is an attempt to fix that."

Rep. Lawrence Lockman is serving his first term in the legislature. He can be reached at larrylockman@rivah.net or (207) 584-5900.

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