SB 0117 Watercraft speed limits
Committee:CONSLR Number:S0202.05C
Last Action:05/15/95 - S Inf Calendar S Bills For Perfection w/SCS
Title:SCS/SB 117, 162 & 163
Effective Date:August 28, 1995
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Current Bill Summary

SCS/SBs 117, 162 & 163 - This act contains provisions pertaining to watercraft.

CERTIFICATE OF NUMBER - A penalty for failing to carry the certificate of number aboard a vessel is imposed upon the operator or owner of the vessel.

MUFFLERS - Vessels with in-transom exhaust must vent the exhaust through the propeller in coves, near docks and at night. This requirement seems to be intended for the Lake of the Ozarks.

CRIMES - A speed limit of 30mph is apparently intended on the Lake of the Ozarks between 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise the following day. The punishment is a fine of up to $50, $250 and $500 for the first, second and third offenses, respectively.

POLICE PROCEDURES - Toxicology reports from vessel accidents shall go to the Missouri Water Patrol. Watercraft livery records shall be made available to any law enforcement officer making a criminal investigation.

WATER SAFETY - Jet skis are redefined and more closely regulated. Parents and boat owners are prohibited from authorizing the illegal operation of boats by children under age 12. (SB 163)

TOWING - Vessels and outboard motors may be towed in several situations: (1) when unattended for 48 hours and obstructing traffic; (2) when illegally obstructing traffic; (3) when stolen; and (4) when the operator is arrested and taken into custody. The owner must pay reasonable towing and storage costs, or the towing company can eventually get ownership. RONALD J. LEONE