Small Watercraft

ORS 830.315
Reckless boating

  • speed


A person commits the crime of reckless boating if the person recklessly operates a boat in a manner that endangers the safety of persons or property. As used in this subsection, “recklessly” has the meaning given that term in ORS 161.085 (Definitions with respect to culpability).


A person may not operate any boat at a rate of speed greater than will permit that person in the exercise of reasonable care to bring the boat to a stop within the assured clear distance ahead.


Nothing in ORS 830.005 (Definitions for chapter), 830.015 (Application of ORS 830) to 830.050 (Reporting lost boat), 830.175 (Regulations for specific areas), 830.210 (Operating improperly equipped boat prohibited) to 830.420 (Minimum equipment requirements for rental or charter boats) and 830.475 (Duties of operators and witnesses at accidents) to 830.490 (Confidential nature of report) is intended to prevent the operator of a boat actually competing in an event that is authorized as provided in ORS 830.375 (Authorization required to hold marine event) from attempting to attain high speeds on a marked racing course. [Formerly 488.100; 2019 c.431 §1]


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Mar. 11, 2023