Operating at Illegal Speeds or Distances
New Jersey law designates the following dangerous operating practices as illegal.
Improper Speed or Distance is not maintaining a proper speed and/or distance while operating a vessel. Specifically, the following operations are illegal:
- Operating a vessel at a distance from other vessels or at a speed that exceeds safe and reasonable limits given the waterway traffic, marked speed limits, weather, and other boating conditions
- Causing damage or injury from the wake of your vessel
- Operating any power vessel in a marked slow speed/no wake area at greater than “no wake” speed; power vessels also may not be on plane in such a marked area.
- Exceeding slow speed/no wake when passing:
- Vessels not under command such as anchored vessels
- Work barges or floats that are engaged in construction
- Emergency vessels (displaying flashing lights)
- Within 200 feet of a marina, pier, dock, or wharf
- Through bridge openings of 400 feet or less in width
- Through lagoons, canals, or confined areas less than 200 feet in width