2022 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 12 - Commerce and Navigation
Section 12:7-47 - Reckless operation of vessel; penalties, fines
12:7-47. Reckless operation of vessel; penalties, fines
4. a. A person who disregards the rights or safety of others and operates a vessel on the waters of this State in a manner which unnecessarily interferes with the free and proper use of any waters, or which unnecessarily creates a risk of damage or injury to other craft therein, or to person or property, shall be guilty of reckless operation of a vessel and subject to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 60 days, or to a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $200, or both.
On a second or subsequent conviction, a person guilty of reckless operation of a vessel shall be subject to a term of imprisonment not to exceed three months, or to a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $500, or both.
b. In addition to any other requirements provided by law, a person convicted under this section shall be required after conviction to complete a boat safety course from the list approved by the Superintendent of State Police pursuant to section 1 of P.L.1987, c.453 (C.12:7-60), which shall be completed prior to the restoration of the privilege to operate a vessel which may have been revoked or suspended for a violation of the provisions of this section. Failure to satisfy this requirement shall result in the immediate forfeiture of the privilege to operate a vessel on the waters of this State, or the continuation of revocation until the requirements of this subsection are satisfied.
L.1952,c.157,s.4; amended 1995,c.401,s.38.