AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law Monday which could save boaters' lives.

The bill, "Kali's Law," requires certain boat operators to be physically connected to a boat's emergency cut-off switch, commonly known as the kill switch. 

Sixteen-year-old Kali Gorzell died in 2012 in a boating accident in Port Aransas. A family friend was behind the wheel of the boat when it swapped ends. Gorzell fell off the boat and hit the propellers.

Texas Gov. Abbott signing bill that could save boaters lives

Her family believes if the boat driver had been connected to that switch, their daughter would still be alive.

"Of course, all new boats will have kill switches, which is a good thing. We believe because of all this, lives are being saved already," said James Gorzell, Kali Gorzell's father, in an interview with KVUE's sister station, KENS.

The bill will go into effect on Sept. 1.

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