Safe PWC Bill Introduced in Calif. Legislature

Safe PWC Bill Introduced in Calif. Legislature

Post by Walt Bilofs » Thu, 28 Mar 1996 04:00:00


A bill has been introduced in the California legislature to define and
require safe operation of PWC, including a prohibition on wake jumping
within 100 feet of a vessel.  

S.B. No. 1651 has been introduced by Senator Mike Thompson (D-Santa
Rosa), and is set for a first hearing April 16 in the Senate
Transportation Committee.  

The main provision of the bill reads:

"Every personal watercraft shall, at all times, be operated in
a reasonable and prudent manner.  Maneuvers that unreasonably or
unnecessarily endanger life, limb or property, including, but not
limited to, jumping or attempting to jump the wake of another vessel
within 100 feet of that other vessel, operating the personal
watercraft toward any person or vessel in the water and turning
sharply at close range so as to spray that vessel or person, or
operating at a rate of speed and proximity to another vessel that the
operator is required to swerve at the last minute to avoid
collision, is unsafe or reckless operation of a vessel."

Exemptions are made for performances and sanctioned events.  A
violation would be a misdemeanor.

You may check on the current status of SB 1651, or subscribe to an
email service to be notified of any actions on it, at
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/bilinfo.html.  Information on legislators
(including email addresses) is at
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html.  

Walt Bilofsky
Golden Phoenix (Cape Dory 30 Poweryacht)
San Francisco Bay

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Safe PWC Bill Introduced in Calif. Legislature

Post by Bruce Holm » Sat, 30 Mar 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> A bill has been introduced in the California legislature to define and
> require safe operation of PWC, including a prohibition on wake jumping
> within 100 feet of a vessel.

The IJSBA, the PWIA and most PWC operators support this bill. In fact,
I believe the bill was introduced at the request of the PWIA.

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Safe PWC Bill Introduced in Calif. Legislature

Post by Jeff Thompso » Mon, 01 Apr 1996 04:00:00

Quote:


> > A bill has been introduced in the California legislature to define and
> > require safe operation of PWC, including a prohibition on wake jumping
> > within 100 feet of a vessel.

> The IJSBA, the PWIA and most PWC operators support this bill. In fact,
> I believe the bill was introduced at the request of the PWIA.

> --

> Bruce Holms

> http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/1082/

No wakejumping within 100 ft is useless, why not restrict it to within
10 ft ??  The fact here seems to be that the PWIA want to write their
own rules for their own benefit - something more like 1000 ft is more
realistic.

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Safe PWC Bill Introduced in Calif. Legislature

Post by Walt Bilofs » Tue, 02 Apr 1996 04:00:00

Quote:



>> > A bill has been introduced in the California legislature to define and
>> > require safe operation of PWC, including a prohibition on wake jumping
>> > within 100 feet of a vessel.

>> The IJSBA, the PWIA and most PWC operators support this bill. In fact,
>> I believe the bill was introduced at the request of the PWIA.
>No wakejumping within 100 ft is useless, why not restrict it to within
>10 ft ??  The fact here seems to be that the PWIA want to write their
>own rules for their own benefit - something more like 1000 ft is more
>realistic.

I'd rather see 100 ft than nothing - it will educate PWC operators
that there is a safety issue.

Anyway, if you don't think it's useful, and you don't want the
industry lobbyists to write their own rules, then see the references
in my original post, and email the guy who's carrying the bill and the
members of the Transportation Committee.  They all have email
addresses.  

Walt Bilofsky
Golden Phoenix (Cape Dory 30 Poweryacht)
San Francisco Bay

Visit the Calif. Cape Dory Owners' Web Site at http://www.idiom.com/~bilofsky/ccapdory.htm
Home page: http://www.idiom.com/~bilofsky