AN ACT TO REQUIRE PERSONS TOWED BEHIND A VESSEL ON LAKE NORMAN TO WEAR A PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE AND TO LIMIT HOURS OF TOWED ACTIVITY ON LAKE NORMAN TO THE PERIOD BETWEEN SUNRISE AND SUNSET.
Applicable only to the waters of Lake Norman in Catawba, Iredell, Lincoln, and Mecklenburg Counties, amends GS 75A-13 to require persons being towed by a vessel operated on water for water skiing, surfboarding, or similar devices to wear a personal flotation device. Additionally requires the vessel operator to either have a person in the vessel in the position to observe the progress of the person(s) towed or a rear view mirror capable of showing a wide area behind the towing watercraft (current law requires either of these options, or for the person(s) being towed to be wearing a personal flotation device). Additionally prohibits operating a vessel on any water towing a person or persons on water skis, a surfboard, or similar device, or engaging in water skiing, surfboarding, or similar activity between sunset and sunrise (currently restricted from one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise). Makes the provisions enforceable as water and boat safety provision pursuant to GS 75A-17, punishable as a Class 3 misdemeanor. Applies to offenses occurring on or after October 1, 2021.
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