20.0330 Operation of motorboats or vessels.

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(a) A person may not use or give permission for the use of any vessel to which this chapter applies, unless the vessel is in compliance with the requirements of this chapter and the appli-cable rules promulgated pursuant to 4.1001 et seq. under the authority of this chapter.

(b) A person may not operate a motorboat or vessel, or manipulate any water skis, surfboard, or similar device:

(1) in a reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger the life or property of any person; or

(2) while under the influence of alcohol or any narcotic drug.

(c) A person may not operate any vessel in excessive speed which tends to create a dangerous wake causing other boats in the vicinity to ship water, lose equipment, or in other ways receive damage or threaten the safety of persons in nearby boats.

(d) A person may not operate any vessel within an area where swimmers are normally present or in areas that are marked by warning signs, posters, buoys, or other means to inform the public of the hazard present.

(e) A person may not operate any vessel in an area where a regatta or marine parade is in progress in a way that could create hazard to participants or spectators, or interfere with the safe conduct of the event or otherwise cause an unreasonable nuisance.

History: 1966, PL 9-35;amd 1983, PL 18-19 § 5; amd 1993, PL 23-9.

Research Guide: Operation of boat while under the influence, see 22.0707.

Amendments: 1983 Subsection (a) added to require vessel compliance.