Typical stupidity. Usually haqppens when some legislators have nothing to do. So now we have to do something to show that we are earning out money.
I appreciate what you said. I was born way before seat belts became a requirement, but started wearing them the min they became mandatory. But no outboard that I have owned has had one of those cut off switches. Yea I'm a dinosaur. But then none of my outboards could push a boat more than 4 or 5 KPH either. I guess my memory needs an up-date when all of the outboards that I've had didn't have one of those switches.This is nothing like the minimum wage law. Making the shut off switch a law on federal waterways will not hurt the economy in any way. This isn't the forum to argue about that sort of thing, by the way I'm pretty sure we would agree on the minimum wage thing. To me this is more like making seat belts a law. It shouldn't have to be a law I say let the stupid be stupid. The difference on a kill lanyard and seat belt is the seat belt pretty well just protects the occupant, the kill lanyard/switch could save the occupant and other boaters. A run away boat from an idiot operator not using a kill lanyard might not just hurt the operator, but the boat could strike another vessel.
Most outboards have a kill switch for a lanyard to be attached too be it a counsel or tiller boat. My tiller steer from 1991 has one, I use it. I run some skinny snag filled rivers last thing I want is to accidentally strike a barely submerged stick up get ejected and have my boat continue to run away. If you happen to have a really old engine without the kill switch it's not hard to add one. This really shouldn't have to be a law to make people have a kill switch, but then again it shouldn't have to be law to get people to wear a seat belt. Common sense and a value for your own life should be enough to make people use one.