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For Immediate Release

Date: 11/12/13

Rep. Lockman to Appeal Denial of Bill to Prevent Repeat of Roque Bluffs Drowning

Bill would require lights and signs to warn drivers of boat ramps near roads

AUGUSTA - State Representative Lawrence Lockman (R-Amherst) has submitted the necessary paperwork to appeal legislative leadership's October 30 decision to put off his boat ramp safety bill until a non-emergency session of the legislature.

In July, two women 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.

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.

"I look forward to the chance to appeal this decision, because although improvements have been made at the Roque Bluffs ramp, we need a comprehensive, statewide approach to ensuring that this doesn't happen again," said Rep. Lockman.

All bills submitted for the 2014 legislative session, which runs from January to April, must be screened by the 10-member Legislative Council, which consists of six Democratic and four Republican members of leadership. The Council meets again on November 21 to consider the appeals.

"I encourage everyone who lives Downeast to call the members of legislative leadership and ask them to support my bill," added Rep. Lockman.

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