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Boaters Must Slow if Police Craft's Lights Are Flashing

Posted May 1, 2007

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— Starting Tuesday, North Carolina’s 'Move Over' law extends to boating.

That's the law that says has said you must move away from a police car that is pulled over with its lights flashing or slow down if there's no room to move left.

Under the new rules, boaters within 100 feet of a law enforcement vessel that’s flashing blue lights must slow down to no-wake speed. In narrow channels, the buffer zone is 50 feet.

Violators could faces fines up to $250 dollars, plus court costs.


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  • ncfishfinder May 2, 2007

    For the most part they're pretty sneaky and don't use them much because they want to catch you next, that's how they make money and justify their existance.

  • Dayum Krazy May 2, 2007

    if everyone would show a little respect for others..we wouldn't even have a problem...no buzzing, no wakes, and follow all the rules that promote safe boating/jetskiing..if we lived in waterworld like the movie...whew we would be in trouble LOL

  • Slip Kid May 2, 2007

    A logical extension of an ok law. You don't see very many 'blue lights' on the water anyway, so you'll want to slow down just to see what's happening. Besides, if you're the only one still 'moving it', it's probably you the water cops are after... ;)

  • LADY1 May 2, 2007

    The Wildlife officers boats have flashing light, but we are limited on offciers in many areas they are needed.

  • cheekygreek May 2, 2007

    They need to worry about tubes,and jet skis.These people are a total pain for the most part.Tubing rips the water up horribly,and too many people on one tube.Jet skis will ride directly behind you to catch the wakes,even if you are pulling a skier.

  • Dude May 1, 2007

    This is a great START to boating laws. Now, why don't they go after all the boaters who don't abide by ALL the other rules on the water.

  • hdsoftail May 1, 2007

    I own a jet ski and have never buzzed another boater, I normally ride in the ocean anyway. I also own a boat, but dont think I own all the water.

  • davidgnews May 1, 2007

    Do the rangers on Falls Lake have flashing lights, and do they check licenses that way? I haven't fished there in far too long !

  • NC_VET May 1, 2007

    Thats a good law. Now if they can inforce it with the ski-doo
    crowd who seem to enjoy buzzing other boaters on the water.