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Old 06-28-2008, 05:55 PM   #1
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Default Will the General Court "fix" the law now?

A thought after my discussion with Skip. Now that violation of this RSA is tied with your drivers license how would you (or your lawyer) handle this? The passing from astern situation!
270-D:2 IV.
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When vessels are running in the same direction and the vessel which is astern desires to pass the other, it shall do so only when sufficient distance between the vessels is available to avoid danger of collision, and at such a speed that its wake will not endanger the boat being passed or its occupants. No person operating a vessel shall abruptly change its course without first determining that it can safely be done without crossing immediately ahead of another vessel.
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270-D:2 VI (a) (6)
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To provide full visibility and control and to prevent their wake from being thrown into or causing excessive rocking to other boats, barges, water skiers, aquaplanes or other boats, rafts or floats, all vessels shall maintain headway speed when within 150 feet from: Other vessels.
So now that this was added to the new law, including the entire RSA not just speeds over 45/25
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XI. Any conviction under this section shall be reported to the commissioner of the department of safety, division of motor vehicles, and shall become a part of the motor vehicle driving record of the person convicted
What was an interesting curiosity of the law appears will now impact your drivers license and amont you pay for automobile insurance for several years.

So, do you maintain speed and course as the boat astern passes? Do you both drop down to headway speed in which case there is no passing situation since the boat astern isn't going fast enough to pass unless the lead boat turns...but a turn would also seem to violate the law?
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