2022 South Carolina Code of Laws
Title 50 - Fish, Game and Watercraft
Chapter 21 - Equipment And Operation Of Watercraft
Section 50-21-110. Negligent operation of water device; offense; penalties.

Universal Citation: SC Code § 50-21-110 (2022)

(A) No person may operate any water device in a negligent manner.

(B) Negligent operation includes, but is not limited to, operating a water device at more than idle speed in a no wake zone, failing to maintain a proper lookout for other boats or persons, operating too fast for conditions on the water, racing, or pulling a skier through a designated swimming area.

(C) A person who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than fifty nor more than two hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days for each violation.

(D) In addition to other penalties, the department shall require any person who is convicted under this section three times within a five-year period to attend and complete a boating safety education program approved by the department. The person required to attend the class shall reimburse the department for the expense of the class. A person's privilege to operate a water device within this State must be suspended until successful completion of the required class.

HISTORY: 1962 Code Section 70-295.11; 1955 (49) 299; 1957 (50) 125; 1959 (51) 409; 1971 (57) 853; 1972 (57) 2791; 1973 (58) 648; 1993 Act No. 181, Section 1269; 1999 Act No. 124, Section 2.C.

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