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    Thumbs down 50mph max Lake Regulation

    These idiots up here in Idaho make me crazy!!

    Tough new rules in place for Payette Lake boaters
    10:43 AM MDT on Thursday, June 19, 2008

    McCALL -- A long list of new rules is making waves on Payette Lake in Valley County.
    But instead of tickets, boaters will get an education lesson on the water this summer.
    "This is a state lake and people come a long way to recreate up here from Boise,” boater Ray Dupree said.
    Dupree has had his boat on Payette Lake for nine years. As captain of the Black Sheep, not only does Dupree give guided tours to visitors, but he also enjoys spending time on the water. But new regulations have him a little upset.
    "I was not in favor of these rules, most were not in favor," he said.
    But the rule changes passed anyway last year. There are several, including a 300-foot no wake zone along all the shores of the Payette Lake, a 50 miles per hour speed limit during the daytime for all watercraft, and 20 miles per hour at night.
    No water skiing is allowed in the no wake zone -- and no one under 16 years old can operate a jet ski.
    The list is long and will require police enforcement.
    Because of the new rules on the lake, the Valley County Sheriff's Office decided not to write tickets, but educate instead. It's a temporary plan to help those on the water better understand the changes.
    Another reason -- a lack of funds to buy buoys to mark the no wake zone could leave some confused.
    Dupree says not only will the changes be a problem, but he worries it will deter people away from Payette Lake.
    The Valley County Sheriff says officers will be issuing tickets to those who violate old boating rules.


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    Please tell me how they are going to enforce a 50mph speed limit on a lake? There is no way for them to get an accurate speed reading from a floating boat on a choppy lake. Only way radar works on a boat is like how they set it up at Mudbug, but that's ideal conditions. It's a canal on glass smooth water with the target moving directly at the gun.


    If you get a speeding ticket more than likely its a tack on for wreckless driving.

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    we have a lake in minnesota that is 35 mph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pohlease View Post
    we have a lake in minnesota that is 35 mph.

    screw that i'd just go to one of the other 9,999 lakes

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    Quote Originally Posted by inteljd View Post
    These idiots up here in Idaho make me crazy!!

    sounds like you need to sell that doo and get a pontoon

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    The more bad press PWCs and hot boats get, the more you can expect these kinds of rules. May be too late for Payette, but if people will keep this in mind maybe we can hold them off elsewhere.

    BTW, was up there years ago(Payette) - beautiful place!

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    How they check the speed on the water in some states over here in Oz is by using Laser, same concept as RADAR, just at a different wavelength. They come in hand held packs similar to a small automatic rifle.

    The accuracy of these units is about 3/4 mile and if aimed correctly are able to pick up individual jet skis riding close together.

    There will be an error if you are not moving directly towards or away, however the it will actually read slower than your real speed. Basically if you are a crossing target doing 50 mph then you are actually doing more.

    They are doing the same over here, exclusion zones, restriction zones, speed limits, excessive licence costs, high registration costs, the list goes on.

    Cheers

    Stabs

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    More rules, rules, rules...
    Get a bunch of boaters, get yourself some pitchforks and torches and get those rules changed. Don't forget guys, the rule makers work for YOU the people.
    If we don't stand up for our freedoms they will be taken from us, see my link below...

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    Blanket party for law makers or maybe a broken leg or two. They never pass laws that people support they do what the special interests want

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    Quote Originally Posted by stabs View Post
    There will be an error if you are not moving directly towards or away, however the it will actually read slower than your real speed.
    Exactly my point.

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