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Boating Laws

Boating laws are different for each state however all laws pertaining to boats include such things as requirements for registration and titling, laws governing the wearing of PFD’s, mufflers and noise levels, equipment requirements, requirements for waste, oil, and garbage disposal, mandatory education for operating, age requirements, reckless operation, negligent operation, speed limits, operating under the influence, officer authority, accident reporting requirements among other boating laws.

Before operating or going out on the water in a boat understanding the boating laws in your state can prevent you from having problems with law enforcement as well as provide you with information regarding any injuries or charges that may occur if an accident does occur.

Talking with a boat accident attorney concerning the laws that pertain to boating in your state or the state in which you will be boating, would be in your best interest. Breaking any of the state boating laws can be serious and may lead to penalties as well as the revoking of boat licenses. Understanding your rights under the law and ensuring you understanding the boating laws will be more beneficial than you might imagine especially when it comes to breaking speed limit laws or operating a boat while under the influence. Many states also require personal floatation devices for children under a certain age; not adhering to these laws can result in fines and other penalties.

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