Sunday, December 26, 2004

New boating law becomes effective after New Year

Owen Schroeder

There are approximately 260,000 registered boats in Tennessee and just about anyone who can crawl behind the wheel can operate them. That will all change January 1 as the state's mandatory Boater Education Law goes into effect.

Under the new law, any person born on or after January 1, 1989, and is 12 years of age and older, must possess proof that he or she has successfully completed a course in safe boating that is approved by the National Association of State Law Administrators and accepted by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency before they can operate any boat subject to registration on any waters in Tennessee without the supervision of an adult or someone possessing a safe boating certificate.


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