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Old 02-16-2006, 10:36 PM   #1
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Default Speed limit? There already is one!

I have read with interest the discussion that you all have had about the proposed speed limit for NH waterways.

I believe that laws are in place that will satisfy both factions of this argument IF the New Hampshire Marine Patrol decides to enforce them!

The following is already the LAW!

If you read it carefully you will find there is no specific speed limit, however if a law enforcement officer deterimines you are violateing the following, you can and should be arrested and fined.

One more thing; Federal law trumps state law!

There is no need for a speed limit law, but there is a need for law enforcement!


Rule 6

Every vessel shall at all times proceed at a safe speed so that she can take proper and effective action to avoid collision and be stopped within a distance appropriate to the prevailing circumstances and conditions.

In determining a safe speed the following factors shall be among those taken into account:

(a) By all vessels:

The state of visibility;
The traffic density including concentrations of fishing vessels or any other vessels;
The manageability of the vessel with special reference to stopping distance and turning ability in the prevailing conditions;
At night, the presence of background light such as from shore lights or from back scatter from her own lights;
The state of wind, sea and current, and the proximity of navigational hazards;
The draft in relation to the available depth of water.
(b)Additionally, by vessels with operational radar:

The characteristics, efficiency and limitations of the radar equipment;
Any constraints imposed by the radar range scale in use;
The effect on radar detection of the sea state, weather and other sources of interference;
The possibility that small vessels, ice and other floating objects may not be detected by radar at an adequate range;
The number, location and movement of vessels detected by radar;
The more exact assessment of the visibility that may be possible when radar is used to determine the range of vessels or other objects in the vicinity.
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