If boaters in general won't clean up their act on their own then this may become the only practical solution.
Enter the "nanny state"!
Perhaps if most state safe boating courses were actually to teach safe boating rather than for revenue collection, they might make a slight difference. But driver's license tests are a great deal more difficult to pass than the safe boating certificates and include a driving test in a vehicle, yet a whole lot of people are still injured and killed in automobile incidences every year in the US.
Oddly enough, down here where there is no enforcement, licensing or effective remuneration for damages, there seem to be a lot fewer incidences and problems on the water than the states with 'safe boating certificates', even though a great many of the boat operators are definitely unqualified to operate the vessels they are operating.
Personally, I like being treated as an adult, responsible for my own actions, not having the state regulate every aspect of my life. There are a few unlit channel markers down here upon which every once in a great while, some drunk yachtie in his dink kills himself, coming home from the bar. The new to the area yachties scream and petition the government to do something, but they never do, and in a week or two the hubbub dies down until it happens again.
It's not like these marks are invisible every time one goes to the dinghy dock in daylight! It's not like every
yachtie doesn't know they are dangerous! It's just that in the eyes of the local governments we are adults and if we choose to be stupid and kill ourselves, then that is our
choice and problem!
I felt the same way about helmet laws on bikes and seat belt laws, though to me, seat belts make sense. None of it needs to be regulated, IMO, but left to the discretion of the driver.