Legal Commentary. Reckless operation is defined as operating the vessel with disregard to the safety of yourself or others. Examples include but are not limited to dropping equipment near other boats, speeding in front of boats without warning, following other boats to closely, and so on. These actions can cause boat accidents and result in serious personal injury, much like reckless driving on roads can cause serious car accidents.
See the full text of the statute below:Reckless Operation (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-12.1)
Any person who operates any vessel or manipulates any water skis, aquaplane, surfboard, tube, or similar device in reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property commits the offense of reckless operation of a vessel or other water device.
HISTORY: Code 1981, § 52-7-12.1, enacted by Ga. L. 1994, p. 680, § 6.