Improper Speed or Distance
Tennessee law designates the following dangerous operating practices as illegal.
Improper Speed or Distance is not maintaining a proper speed and distance while operating a vessel. Examples are:
- Operating at an excessive rate of speed in crowded or dangerous areas or during periods of restricted visibility
- Operating a vessel at greater than “slow, no wake speed” in any areas marked as “No Wake”
- Operating within 300 feet of a commercial vessel dock at greater than “idle speed”
- Jumping the wake of another vessel within 100 feet of that vessel
Effective July 1, 2018, Tennessee Law (TCA§69-9-228) requires all watercraft to slow to “slow, no wake speed” speed when passing within 100 feet of a law enforcement vessel displaying a flashing blue light.