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Louisiana law designates the following dangerous operating practices as illegal.

PWC jumping wake of a boat

Reckless Operation is operating any vessel in a criminally negligent or reckless manner. Examples of illegal, reckless operation are:

  • Boating in a restricted area such as a marked swimming area
  • Weaving through congested waterway traffic
  • Swerving at the last possible moment in order to avoid collision
  • Chasing, harassing, or disturbing wildlife with your vessel

Careless Operation is failing to operate a vessel in a careful and prudent manner, and thereby endangering the life, limb, or property of any person. Examples of illegal, careless operation are:

  • Causing danger or damage from the wake of your vessel
  • Operating a vessel at speeds that may cause danger, injury, or damage; be aware of and obey all regulatory markers