Kali's Law, New Texas Boating Law To Take Effect Sunday

David Rancken
August 30, 2019 - 1:27 pm
White mooring rope tied around steel anchor on boat



DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - A number of new laws take effect in Texas September 1st, including one designed to keep boaters safer. 

It's called Kali's Law, and it's named for a girl named Kali Gorzell from San Antonio. She died 7 years ago at Aransas Pass, when she got thrown from the boat into the water and hit by the boat's props.

That kill switch is a cord that connects a life vest to the boat. If you're thrown off, the cord comes apart, an alarm goes off, and the boat's engine stops.

This new law only applies to newer boats.

Texas Parks and Wildlife says if you have an older one that doesn't have a kill switch, you don't have to retrofit. 

If you have one, you have to start using it. Parks and Wildlife will have game wardens watching the lakes to make sure that everyone is following the new law.