LIVINGSTON PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) — On Oct. 14, the Livingston Parish Council adopted an ordinance outlining “River Safety Regulations.”
The ordinance states businesses must show a water safety training video informing people going on the river of river hazards, water safety tips, and emergency response procedures.
The ordinance also includes posting signage along both sides of the river in areas deeper than four feet, providing life vests to people going on the river, and requiring businesses to purchase the signs.
Boat launches will be exempt from the ordinance.
In past meetings, the council has discussed implementing safety protocols such as posting signage along the tubing route, requiring tubers to watch safety videos, or requiring life vests.
Lisa Hilliard, the wife of Tiki Tubing drowning victim Keith Hilliard, was present at the Thursday council meeting and said she appreciated the work done toward making the river safer for people.
“It’s a great starting point,” said Hilliard.