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Alabama law designates certain dangerous operating practices as illegal. The following are examples of illegal and dangerous operation.

PWC riding too close to a boat

Failure to Regulate Speed is operating at speeds greater than that which allows the operator to bring the vessel to a stop within a clear distance ahead, or at speeds which cause danger or inconvenience to others given the existing weather and traffic conditions. A vessel operator must not:

  • Operate at a speed which causes a hazardous wake or wash when approaching another vessel or when entering or leaving a marina or harbor area.
  • Operate above a plane speed when persons or gear on board the vessel are such that the operator's view is obstructed or safe operation is impaired.
  • Exceed any posted speed limitations such as idle speed or “slow, no wake” speed areas or any other speed zones.