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    2000 pro 785 (son's) 1998 pro 785 (dads) old guy in mich's Avatar
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    new mich pwc laws

    maybe posted in other areas, but i stay in polaris section most of the time.
    michigan gov signed last week!
    key items: 1 get to ride till sunset, 2 kids get screwed (some rightfully so, others punished for irrsponsible peers.

    THIRD READING
    HB 6014
    (Hammon)

    The bill (S-2) would amend Part 802 (Personal Watercraft) of the Natural Resources and
    Environmental Protection Act to do the following:
    -- Prohibit the operation of personal watercraft beginning at sunset, rather than one hour before
    sunset.
    -- Raise the minimum age to operate a personal watercraft from 14 to 16, subject to certain
    exceptions.
    -- Revise the exceptions to the minimum age requirement, and raise the minimum age of a
    person to whom the exceptions apply from 12 to 14.
    -- Repeal the March 23, 2012, sunset on Part 802.
    Currently, except as otherwise provided, a person under the age of 14 may not operate a personal
    watercraft on the waters of this State. A person who is at least 12 but younger than 14 may
    operate a personal watercraft if the person is accompanied solely by his or her parent or legal
    guardian; both the person and the parent or legal guardian have obtained a boating safety
    certificate; the personal watercraft is equipped with a lanyard-type engine cutoff switch, and the
    parent or legal guardian has the lanyard attached to his or her person, clothing, or personal
    flotation device; and the personal watercraft is designed to carry at least two people. Under the
    bill, these provisions would apply until October 1, 2011. Beginning on that date, a person
    younger than 16 could not operate a personal watercraft unless he or she were at least 14 years
    old and either 1) the person was riding the personal watercraft with his or her parent or legal
    guardian, or an individual who was at least 21 years old designated by the parent or guardian; or
    2) the person was operating or riding a personal watercraft within 100 feet of the parent, legal
    guardian, or designated individual.
    HB 6014 was passed [RC 417: 23 yes, 14 no, 1 excused]


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    Hmmm...I guess that I can see the reasoning concerning the age limits.

    My guess is that 99% of most PWC riders have never bothered to read the rules in their states...and I am sad to say that I am NOT in that other 1 %.

    My bad...and I plan to make it right!

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    Wow, thanks "old guy" thats great news that we can stay out till sunset. And Rocky your right about 99% not knowing the laws. Its to bad more people don't know more about them, including me.

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    I really like that more and more states are starting to up the age of the minimum age requirement...i believe here in wi a boaters safety course is now required also...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gorilla03 View Post
    I really like that more and more states are starting to up the age of the minimum age requirement...i believe here in wi a boaters safety course is now required also...
    If they are younger than 16.

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    final legislation

    believe "sunset" portion now in effect. have email to dnr requesting confirmation. will post results

    http://www.legislature.mi.gov/docume...08-PA-0178.htm

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    Thanks, looking forward to hearing the results.

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    2000 pro 785 (son's) 1998 pro 785 (dads) old guy in mich's Avatar
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    ride on!!!!!!!!!!

    dnr reply, as i suspected effective at signing!!!!!!!!!

    will creat a new tread for those who didnt see

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    when do the new pwc laws go into effect, specifically the extension till suns...


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    Response (lawdog) - 07/22/2008 10:01 PM
    The law did change. The new law is HB6014. I have included the link to the new law for you.
    http://www.legislature.mi.gov/docume...08-PA-0178.htm
    Please be advised that the new law took effect on July 9, 2008.

    Customer (john joossens) - 07/22/2008 05:20 AM
    when do the new pwc laws go into effect, specifically the extension till sunset for riding.


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