The following operator age and boater education requirements apply to vessels on Oklahoma public waters:
A child under 12 years of age may not operate a vessel powered by a motor or combination of motors over 10 horsepower, a personal watercraft, or a sail-powered vessel 16 feet or more in length.
A child 12 to 15 years of age may operate a vessel powered by a motor or combination of motors over 10 horsepower, a personal watercraft, or sail-powered vessel 16 feet or more in length only if all of the following conditions are met.
- He or she has successfully completed an approved boating safety education course or passed a proctored equivalency examination and has received a Boating Safety Education Certificate and
- He or she is supervised by a competent person who is at least 18 years of age.
- If the vessel is other than a personal watercraft: The supervising person must be on board and in a position to take immediate control of the vessel.
- If the vessel is a personal watercraft: The person must supervise visually within 500 yards of the personal watercraft.
All vessel operators must carry on board one of the following:
- An original Boating Safety Education Certificate as proof the operator meets the education requirements or
- A photo ID that shows the operator is 16 years or older.
These operators are exempt from the Oklahoma boater education requirements:
- Non-residents who have successfully completed another state’s boating safety education course or equivalency examination that is approved by the Department of Public Safety
- Children who are operating a personal watercraft in a “no wake” zone while under the supervision of an adult.
BOATING RULES PART 2
It is illegal to operate or be in actual physical control of any vessel while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any other intoxicating substances. Alcohol and drugs cause impaired balance, blurred vision, poor coordination, impaired judgment and slower reaction times.
Oklahoma law states that a person is considered to be “under the influence” if he or she:
- Has an alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher as measured in the person’s breath or blood or . . .
- Is under the influence of any other intoxicating substance to a degree which makes him or her incapable of safely operating the vessel or . . .
- Is under the influence of alcohol and any other intoxicating substance to a degree which makes him or her incapable of safely operating the vessel
Oklahoma law establishes the following penalties:
- On a first conviction of operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the violator will receive a fine of up to $1,000.
- On a subsequent conviction of operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the violator will receive a fine of up to $2,500 and not less than $1,000.
By operating a vessel on Oklahoma waters, you have consented to be tested for the presence of alcohol, drugs or intoxicating substances if arrested by a peace officer. Failure to submit to testing for the presence of alcohol, drugs or other intoxicating substances will be admissible as evidence in trial.
Contact: Don Bohon, Police Chief, 767-0370