Members Login
Post Info TOPIC: Kali's Law - Takes Effect Sep. 1, 2019


Status: Offline
Posts: 987
Date:
Kali's Law - Takes Effect Sep. 1, 2019


 

To all Texas Boaters

"Kali's Law" Texas HB 337 goes into effect Sep. 1, 2019.  This new law requires ALL boat operators with boats under 26' in length and equipped with emergency kill switches to verify proper operation of the switch and be connected to the kill switch with a lanyard or remote device when the boat is running and under way.  Expect to see this aggressively enforced on Lake Conroe and other lakes with heavy recreational boating activity. 

 

H.B. No. 337

       

      AN ACT

 

        Relating to the use of emergency engine cutoff switches on motorboats; creating a criminal offense.

               BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:

 

SECTION 1.  Subchapter D, Chapter 31, Parks and Wildlife Code, is amended by adding Section 31.1071 to read as follows:

               Sec. 31.1071.  OPERATION OF MOTORBOAT WITH EMERGENCY ENGINE CUTOFF SWITCH.

 

  1. In this section, "engine cutoff switch" means an emergency switch installed on a motorboat that:

                        (1)  Is designed to shut off the engine if:

(A)  The motorboat operator using a lanyard attachment activates the switch by   falling overboard or otherwise moving beyond the length of the lanyard; or

(B)  The motorboat operator or a passenger using a wireless attachment activates the switch by falling overboard and submerging a man-overboard transmitter; and

                        (2)  Attaches:

(A)  Physically to the motorboat operator through the use of a lanyard worn by the operator; or

(B)  Wirelessly through the use of a water-activated man-overboard transmitter worn by the motorboat operator or any similarly equipped passenger on the motorboat.

 

(b)  A motorboat operator may not operate a motorboat less than 26 feet in length and equipped by the manufacturer with an engine cutoff switch while the motorboat is under way and moving at greater than headway speed without first verifying that the switch is operational and fully functional and properly attaching the lanyard or wireless attachment, as appropriate for the specific motorboat, to the operator's body or to the clothing or personal flotation device being worn by the operator.

 

SECTION 2.  Section 31.127, Parks and Wildlife Code, is amended by adding Subsection

 

                 (g) To read as follows:

                                 (g)  A person who operates a motorboat in violation of

                 Section 31.1071 commits an offense punishable by a fine of not more than $200.

 

 SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.

 

 

 

 


 

 



__________________

Ned Westmoreland



Status: Offline
Posts: 828
Date:

Thanks Ned!
Always kill switched in anything I run...

Spread the news, EVERYONE needs to do this!! Think of others while out on the water...

__________________

KarlEngstrom2.gif

McCain Hi-Performance Rods

Hag's Tornado Baits

Karnie Krawlers Custom Baits

Woo Tungsten

Page 1 of 1  sorted by
 
Quick Reply

Please log in to post quick replies.

Tweet this page Post to Digg Post to Del.icio.us


Create your own FREE Forum
Report Abuse
Powered by ActiveBoard