AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE USE OF SKIER DOWN FLAGS ON LAKE NORMAN.
Identical to S 798, filed 5/19/20.
Applicable only to the waters of Lake Norman in Catawba, Iredell, Lincoln and Mecklenburg Counties, requires watercraft operators to display a red or orange flag of at least 12 inches by 12 inches when any person leaves the watercraft, other than a personal watercraft, on the waters of Lake Norman and enters the water between sunrise and sunset. Requires the flag to be visible for 360 degrees. Excludes moored or anchored watercraft. Does not require flag display when the watercraft is engaged in towing a person but does require flag display when the person has ceased being towed and has reentered the water. Prohibits knowingly operating any watercraft within 50 yards of a flag displayed as required by the act at a speed in excess of a no-wake speed. Provides for the act's enforcement by wildlife protectors and law enforcement officers of the State and its subdivisions under GS 75A-17 as if it were a provision of GS Chapter 75A. Makes violations of the act a Class 3 misdemeanor. Effective April 1, 2021, and applies to offenses occurring on or after that date.
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