And everyone was in agreement: No one would be forcing us to wear life jackets when going for a swim. Ever. What a ridiculous idea.
Bad news, ladies and gents. This week, the legislative council in King County, Wash. — which includes Seattle — voted five-to-four to require that life jackets be worn by anyone and everyone “on or in a major river.”
So there you have it. It can happen. It has happened. Failure to don an approved personal flotation device while “swimming or wading more than five feet from shore, or in water more than four feet in depth,” can get you an $86 fine.
“We are improving the health for everyone because of these laws that we pass,” said the most benevolent councilwoman Julia Patterson.