Table 2-44: Personal Watercraft Safety Data

Table 2-44: Personal Watercraft Safety Data

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  1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
Fatalities 5 20 20 28 26 34 35 56 68 57 84 78 66 68 U
Injured persons 156 254 402 532 708 730 915 1,338 1,617 1,837 1,812 1,743 1,614 1,580 U
Accidentsa 376 650 844 1,162 1,513 1,650 2,236 3,002 3,986 4,099 4,070 3,607 3,374 3,268 U
Sales 29,000 48,000 64,000 72,000 68,000 79,000 107,000 142,000 200,000 191,000 176,000 130,000 106,000 92,000 83,000
Number in use 92,756 126,881 178,510 241,376 305,915 372,283 454,545 600,000 760,000 900,000 1,000,000 1,100,000 1,096,000 1,078,400 1,053,560

KEY: U = data are not available.

a Total vessels involved.

b Represents the number of unique personal watercraft used between 1987 and 2000, i.e., the number in use before 1987 plus the number sold between 1987 and 2000.

NOTES

Personal watercraft are less than 13 feet in length and are designed to be operated by a person or persons sitting, standing, or kneeling on the craft rather than within the confines of the hull.

Data on personal watercraft sales and number in use are estimates.

SOURCES

Fatalities, injuries, and accidents:

U.S. Department of Transportation, United States Coast Guard, Office of Boating Safety, Boating Statistics - 2000 (Washington, DC: 2001), Internet site http://www.uscgboating.org/saf/pdf/Boating Statistics 2000.pdf as of Feb. 25, 2001.

Sales:

1987-90: Personal Watercraft Industry Association, Internet site http://www.pwia.org/Abo PWC.htm as of June 19, 2000.

1991-2001: Ibid., Internet site http://www.nmma.org/facts/boatingstats/2001/Files/unitsales.asp as of Sept. 10, 2002.

Use:

1987-96: National Marine Manufacturers Association, data compiled by the United States Coast Guard, personal communications.

1997-98: Ibid., Internet site http://www.nmma.org/facts/boatingstats/statistic98.html as of June 19, 2000.

1999-2001: Ibid., Internet site http://www.nmma.org/facts/boatingstats/2001/files/populationestimates.asp as of Sept. 10, 2002.