Operating at Illegal Speeds or Distances
Indiana law designates the following dangerous operating practices as illegal.
Examples of illegal and reckless operation are:
- Operating a vessel at speeds that endanger human life, endanger human physical safety or property, or prevent stopping within an assured clear distance ahead. Be aware of and obey all regulatory markers, including those marked as idle speed or slow, no wake speed
- Operating a vessel at speeds of more than 10 miles per hour between sunset and sunrise.
- Jumping the wake of another vessel such that you endanger human life, human physical safety, or property.
- Operating in a circular course around another vessel engaged in fishing or around a person swimming.
- Operating within 150 feet of a diver-down flag unless assisting the diver.
Lake and channel restrictions vary depending on the size of the waterbody or waterway. You are required to operate at idle speed from the shoreline up to 200 feet from the shoreline, depending on the size of lake or width of the channel.