North Carolina Moves to Boost Motorboat Safety

June 26, 2009

Young motorboat drivers in North Carolina would be required to meet minimum boating safety education requirements in legislation approved by the House.

The bill approved this week would obligate people under age 26 to complete an approved boating safety course or pass a test to operate a boat with a motor of at least ten horsepower.

There are many exceptions, including those who operate in state waters for less than 90 days, commercial fishermen and someone who is renting a boat.

Violators would face no monetary penalty except for court costs.

Supporters say the requirement hopefully will prevent accidents on the state’s waterways.

The bill now returns to the Senate, which must decide whether to accept the House changes.

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