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'Move-Over' Law in Effect for Boaters

Posted May 28, 2007

A new law is in effect for this year's boating season.

The law requires boaters to avoid stopped officers on the water just like vehicles are required to do on the highways.

Officials with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission said it can be dangerous when a boat wake hits a police boat that has stopped next to another boat.

The new law requires that boaters slow to no-wake speed if they are within 100 feet of a police boat with its blue lights on. Boaters who violate the law face a $250 fine.


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  • cherokee43v6 May 29, 2007

    I sail...

    I am at the mercy of the wind...

    Hey BUBBA! I am NOT a target to be 'Dived' at!

  • shine May 29, 2007

    Just simple maritime courtesy for those of us who have been doing it all along.

  • OLD PIRATE May 29, 2007

    100 ft. isn't enough on the water...

  • CestLaVie May 29, 2007

    Like most laws & rules that come about, the need for it was caused by others being selfish, dishonest, not-using-their-heads & probably pure stupidity.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc May 29, 2007

    Hey YukonJohn, there's a lot of good things I hear about Alaska. But there's no way I could take the winters up there!

  • piperchuck May 29, 2007

    This is a good first step, now widen it to ALL BOATS! The place I learned to boat required headway speed (no wake) when you were within 150 feet of another boat, dock, swimmer, bridge, etc. Boating safety in NC is a farce. Far too many bubbas on the lake with no regard for anyone's safety.

  • yukonjohn3 May 28, 2007

    Every time that I think of possibly leaving Alaska after 26 years, I see an article such as this reminding me that being in Alaska is living in a place exactly like America USED TO BE. We have no trooper regulation on our waterways. We also allow little to no regulation in many other areas.

  • party pooper May 28, 2007

    Makes perfect sense to me. I was on Falls Lake yesterday with my boat and it was very busy.