AN ACT REGULATING THE USE OF JET SKIS.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Chapter 90B of the General Laws is hereby amended by
inserting after section 9 the
following two sections:-
Section 9A. No person shall operate a jet ski, surf jet or wetbike
(a) on waters of the commonwealth unless the person is sixteen years of
age or older, (b) within one hundred and fifty feet of a
swimmer, shore or moored vessel, except at headway speed, (c) on waters of
the commonwealth of less than seventy-five acres, (d) without wearing an
approved personal flotation device or (e), between sunset and sunrise.
For the purposes of this section, the term, "headway speed", shall mean the
slowest speed at which a personal watercraft, jet ski, surf jet or wetbike
can be operated and maintain steerage way.
Section 9B. The division of law enforcement within the department of
fisheries and wildlife is hereby authorized and directed to establish
an educational safety program for the operation of
jet skis, surf jets and wetbikes. All persons under the age of eighteen
who operate such watercraft shall be required to participate in said
program; provided, however, that the director of said division shall establish the
program criteria and content and shall determine the minimum safety skills
necessary for said persons to operate such watercraft.
SECTION 2. Section 14 of said chapter 90B, as appearing in the
1988 Official Edition,
is hereby amending by striking out, in lines 2 and 12, the words "or six"
and inserting in place thereof, in each instance, the words:- six or nine A.
SECTION 3. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the
contrary, a municipality by a majority vote of the local governing body may
allow the use and operation of a jet ski, surf jet or wetbike consistent
with the rules and regulations of the department of fisheries, wildlife and
environmental law enforcement on any pond or lake of less than seventy-five
acres within the jurisdiction of said municipality.