Negligent and reckless operation of a vessel is illegal in Texas. Negligent and reckless operation of a vessel is defined as the failure to exercise the care necessary to prevent the endangerment of life, limb, or property of any other person. The following are examples of negligent and reckless operation:
- Boating in restricted areas that have been clearly marked by buoys or in some other manner.
- Encircling people engaged in water activities. Unless you are retrieving a downed water-skier or person engaged in a similar activity, do not operate a boat or PWC in a circular course around:
- Any person swimming
- Any other boat or PWC when the operator or any passenger is fishing, water-skiing, or participating in a similar activity