Obeying Law Enforcement Officers
An operator must stop his or her vessel when signaled to do so by an officer wearing an identifying insignia or by a law enforcement vessel sounding a siren or flashing a blue light. It is illegal to fail to stop or to try to elude the officer.
- On Vermont waters, a law enforcement officer may legally:
- Inspect the documentation for your vessel.
- Check the vessel operator’s licenses and permits.
- Conduct a safety inspection to make sure the required equipment is on board.
- Under Vermont law, a law enforcement officer also may:
- Arrest anyone violating a Vermont boating law.
- Direct, control, and regulate vessel traffic.
- Make reasonable orders to enforce the law.