CHAPTER 268
BOATING

Table of Contents

Sec. 15-121. Administrative procedure.
Secs. 15-122 and 15-123. Appointment and organization of commission. Director; employees.
Sec. 15-124. Investigations. Hearings.
Sec. 15-125. Appeal from action of Commissioner of Environmental Protection or Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.
Sec. 15-126. Determination of validity of regulations.
Sec. 15-127. Definitions.
Sec. 15-128. Lights.
Sec. 15-129. Safety devices and equipment for vessels. Regulation of motorboat noise.
Sec. 15-129a. Required lights.
Sec. 15-130. Modification or suspension of requirements.
Sec. 15-130a. Powers of officers re vessel in unsafe condition.
Sec. 15-131. Rules for preventing collisions.
Sec. 15-132. Procedure in case of collision or accident.
Sec. 15-133. Rules for safe operation.
Sec. 15-133a. Safety controls on the Housatonic River.
Sec. 15-133b. Boating safety certificate for certain minors. Owners prohibited from permitting operation without certificate, when.
Sec. 15-133c. When boating safety certificate required upon violation of safety rules.
Sec. 15-134. Water skiing. Jumps and courses for skiers and vessels.
Sec. 15-135. Position of scuba divers to be marked. Safe operating distance for vessels.
Sec. 15-136. Ordinances and regulations.
Sec. 15-136a. Compliance with certain engine size requirements.
Sec. 15-137. Enforcement.
Sec. 15-138. Publication of laws, regulations and ordinances.
Sec. 15-139. Penalties.
Sec. 15-140. Special acts and ordinances superseded.
Sec. 15-140a. Commissioner of Environmental Protection as attorney for service of process on nonresident.
Sec. 15-140b. Marine parades, regattas, races, tournaments or exhibitions. Warning devices. Penalty.
Sec. 15-140c. Abandonment of vessel.
Sec. 15-140d. Obstruction to navigation or public use of waters prohibited. Remedies.
Sec. 15-140e. Safe boating certificate.
Sec. 15-140f. Courses in safe boating operation. Regulations. Reciprocity.
Sec. 15-140g. Safe boating certificate to be carried on board vessel.
Sec. 15-140h. Operation of vessel by person less than twelve years of age.
Sec. 15-140i. Suspension of certificate of boating operation. Regulations.
Sec. 15-140j. Certificate of personal watercraft operation. Regulations.
Sec. 15-140k. Reckless operation of a vessel in the first degree.
Sec. 15-140l. Reckless operation of a vessel in the first degree while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs.
Sec. 15-140m. Reckless operation of a vessel in the second degree.
Sec. 15-140n. Reckless operation of a vessel in the second degree while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs.
Sec. 15-140o. Seizure of vessel.
Sec. 15-140p. Fines deposited in criminal injuries compensation account.
Sec. 15-140q. Blood, breath or urine test.
Sec. 15-140r. Evidence of alcohol or drugs in blood.
Sec. 15-140s. Seizure and admissibility of chemical analysis of hospital blood sample of injured operator.
Sec. 15-140t. Immunity of person taking sample.
Sec. 15-140u. Blood sample of body of deceased person.
Sec. 15-141. Definitions.
Sec. 15-142. Vessel numbering requirements. Certain vessels required to display registration decals.
Sec. 15-143. Exceptions to numbering requirement.
Sec. 15-144. Vessel registration number or registration decal. Schedule of fees payable to Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.
Sec. 15-144a. Provision of information re registrants to tax assessors.
Sec. 15-145. Marine dealer's and marine engine manufacturer's registration numbers and certificates. Availability and renewal of certificates. Use of vessel. Restrictions.
Sec. 15-145a. Marine dealer's registration numbers for boat trailers.
Sec. 15-146. Notice of change of address.
Sec. 15-147. Termination of certificate of number upon transfer, destruction or abandonment of vessel.
Sec. 15-148. Duplicate certificate.
Sec. 15-149. Accident reports.
Sec. 15-149a. Reporting of accidents. Responsibilities of towboat operators.
Sec. 15-149b. Reporting of accidents involving death, injury or disappearance. Report of interviews.
Sec. 15-150. Rental of vessels.
Sec. 15-150a. Any facility mooring or storing vessels required to maintain record of vessels not registered in Connecticut.
Sec. 15-151. Records of Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. Remission and report of fees.
Sec. 15-152. False statement, penalty.
Sec. 15-153. Alteration or defacing of certificate of number or registration or alteration, removal or obliteration of number displayed on vessel.
Sec. 15-154. Enforcement.
Sec. 15-154a. Town marine officers and auxiliaries.
Sec. 15-154b. Violation on waters between towns.
Sec. 15-154c. Attachment of property of town marine officer prohibited.
Sec. 15-155. Fees for numbering and registration of vessels. Certain amounts to be allocated to boating account and additional amounts to towns, in lieu of property tax on vessels.
Sec. 15-155a. Annual report of receipts from vessel registration fees and payments therefrom.
Sec. 15-155b. State distribution of revenue from fees for vessel registration.
Sec. 15-155c. Registration fees collected in 1982 exceeding amounts distributed to Boating Fund and towns to be allowed as credits against fees payable in 1983.
Sec. 15-156. Penalties.
Sec. 15-157. Special acts and ordinances superseded.
Sec. 15-158 to 15-169.
Sec. 15-170. Discharge of sewage from vessels: Definitions.
Sec. 15-171. Discharge within no discharge zone prohibited.
Sec. 15-172. Provision of pump-out facilities.
Sec. 15-173. Docking facility in violation of requirement or order deemed public nuisance. Civil and criminal penalties for violations.
Sec. 15-174. Regulations.
Sec. 15-175. Penalty for misuse of or failure to equip vessel with marine sanitation device.
Sec. 15-176. Reasonable time for compliance with requirement or order.

PART I
ADMINISTRATION

Sec. 15-121. Administrative procedure. (a) Unless otherwise provided in this chapter, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall administer the provisions of this chapter and for such purpose shall have exclusive jurisdiction of all waters of the state, subject to the authority of the United States in respect to the navigable waters of the United States.
(b) In the performance of his duties under part II the commissioner shall: (1) Classify all waters and all vessels for the purpose of establishing uniformity in the regulation of such waters and such vessels; (2) prescribe uniform navigation aids for state waters and regulate the use of such aids; (3) establish restricted zones or sea lanes within navigable waters and adopt regulations pertaining thereto for the purpose of protecting the natural ecology of such waters and the abutting shoreline from environmental damage resulting from marine accidents which cause the release of petroleum products or other hazardous substances and materials into the waters of the state, provided before establishing such lanes, zones and regulations the commissioner shall consider at least the following factors: (i) The danger in transporting the type of material; (ii) the evidence of deleterious incidents arising from the transportation of such hazardous materials; (iii) available alternatives; (iv) the public need; and (v) the effect on interstate commerce; and further provided any such regulations promulgated by the commissioner shall list and define the substances and materials which are classified as hazardous; (4) prescribe uniform standards for safety devices and equipment required by part II and certify the types of devices and equipment which meet such standards; (5) designate and assist the several towns in designating prohibited and restricted boating areas and waters limited to special boating purposes and prescribe uniform standards for the marking and regulation of such areas; (6) adopt such regulations respecting water skiing and underwater swimming and diving as he finds necessary for public safety; (7) study, plan and recommend the development of boating facilities, safety education and means of improving boating safety; (8) in cooperation with the Department of Public Health, investigate matters relating to and recommend means of improving boating sanitation; (9) cooperate with the Department of Transportation concerning regulations governing the operation of seaplanes on state waters; (10) cooperate with the United States and the several states in promoting uniformity of boating laws and regulations and their administration and enforcement, and (11) subject to the applicable provisions of chapter 54 and the limitations of part II, adopt such regulations to provide for public safety and environmental quality as he finds necessary to administer and enforce the provisions of said part and to promote the safe use and protection of waters and the safe operation of vessels; provided the commissioner shall make no regulations respecting the operation of vessels on Long Island Sound except as are necessary to secure inshore waters and establish and secure restricted areas.
(c) In the performance of his duties under part III the commissioner shall: (1) Establish, by regulations adopted in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, criteria for the issuance of marine dealer identification numbers; (2) establish a uniform system for the display of motorboat identification numbers in conformity with such system as the United States may employ pursuant to the federal Boat Safety Act of 1971; (3) provide in such system for the display of distinctive marine dealers' identification numbers; (4) compile and publish periodically boating accident statistics and submit such statistics, together with copies of all accident reports and other reports or studies, as required, to the secretary of the department of the United States in which the United States Coast Guard is operating, and (5) subject to the applicable provisions of chapter 54, adopt such regulations to provide for the public safety as are necessary to administer the provisions of part III.
(1961, P.A. 506, S. 2; 520, S. 2; 1967, P.A. 175, S. 1; 1969, P.A. 768, S. 207; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 370; 1972, P.A. 91, S. 1; P.A. 73-257, S. 1, 27; P.A. 77-614, S. 323, 557, 610; P.A. 84-268, S. 3, 5; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 96-88, S. 5, 9.)
History: 1967 act deleted Subdiv. (3) in Subsec. (c) re staggered system of renewal and renumbered remaining Subdivs. accordingly; 1969 act replaced department of aeronautics with department of transportation and aeronautics commission with bureau of aeronautics in Subsec. (b); 1971 act replaced boating commission with commissioner of environmental protection; 1972 act inserted new Subdiv. (3) in Subsec. (b), renumbering remaining Subdivs. accordingly and included in Subdiv. (11), formerly (10), references to environmental quality and protection of waters and replaced reference to repealed Secs. 4-41 to 4-50 with reference to Secs. 4-168 to 4-173; P.A. 73-257 amended Subsec. (a) to add phrase "unless otherwise provided in this chapter", amended Subsec. (b) to replace reference to Secs. 4-168 to 4-173 with "applicable provisions of chapter 54", amended Subsec. (c) to delete Subdiv. (3) re assignment of number blocks for use in numbering boats and other references to such numbering, renumbering remaining Subdivs., to change "Federal Boating Act of 1958" to "Federal Boat Safety Act of 1971" and to make technical changes; P.A. 77-614 replaced department of health with department of health services and deleted reference to bureau of aeronautics, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 84-268 amended Subsec. (c) by inserting Subdiv. (1) authorizing the commissioner to adopt regulations on marine dealer identification numbers and renumbering the remaining Subdivs. accordingly; P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 96-88 deleted references to repealed Sec. 4a-68 in Subsec. (b)(11) and Subsec. (c), effective July 1, 1996.

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Secs. 15-122 and 15-123. Appointment and organization of commission. Director; employees. Sections 15-122 and 15-123 are repealed.
(1961, P.A. 506, S. 3, 4; 520, S. 3. 4; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 152.)

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Sec. 15-124. Investigations. Hearings. The commissioner may conduct investigations and hold hearings on any matter arising under the provisions of this chapter and for such purpose may, upon request, use any courtroom or town hall. The commissioner may issue subpoenas, administer oaths, compel testimony and order the production of books, records, papers and documents. If any person refuses to attend, testify or produce books, records, papers or documents as ordered, a judge of the Superior Court, upon application of the commissioner, may make such order as may be appropriate to aid in the enforcement of this section.
(1961, P.A. 506, S. 5; 520, S. 5; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 371.)
History: 1971 act replaced "commission", i.e. boating commission, and "chairman" with "commissioner", i.e. environmental protection commissioner.

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Sec. 15-125. Appeal from action of Commissioner of Environmental Protection or Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. Any person aggrieved by an order or decision of the Commissioner of Environmental Protection or the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles under this chapter may appeal to the superior court for the judicial district in which he resides or, if he is not a resident of the state, to the superior court for the judicial district of Hartford, within thirty days after such order or decision takes effect. No order or decision shall be stayed upon appeal except by order of the court or with the consent of the commissioner who issued such order or decision.
(1961, P.A. 506, S. 6; 520, S. 6; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 372; P.A. 73-257, S. 2, 27; P.A. 76-436, S. 355, 681; P.A. 78-280, S. 1, 5, 127; P.A. 88-230, S. 1, 12; P.A. 90-98, S. 1, 2; P.A. 93-142, S. 4, 7, 8; P.A. 95-220, S. 4−6.)
History: 1971 act replaced "commission", i.e. boating commission, with "commissioner", i.e. environmental protection commissioner; P.A. 73-257 specified appeals re decisions of commissioners of environmental protection and motor vehicles; P.A. 76-436 replaced court of common pleas with superior court and added reference to judicial districts, effective July 1, 1978; P.A. 78-280 deleted references to counties and replaced "Hartford county" with "judicial district of Hartford- New Britain"; P.A. 88-230 replaced "judicial district of Hartford-New Britain" with "judicial district of Hartford", effective September 1, 1991; P.A. 90-98 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1991, to September 1, 1993; P.A. 93-142 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1993, to September 1, 1996, effective June 14, 1993; P.A. 95-220 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1996, to September 1, 1998, effective July 1, 1995.

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Sec. 15-126. Determination of validity of regulations. The validity of any regulation adopted by the commissioner may be determined by the superior court for the judicial district of Hartford. No action shall be brought until the complaining party has requested the commissioner to pass upon the validity of the regulation in question and has exhausted all means of administrative review or appeal which may be provided by the commissioner.
(1961, P.A. 506, S. 7; 520, S. 7; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 373; P.A. 76-436, S. 356, 681; P.A. 78-280, S. 5, 127; P.A. 88-230, S. 1, 12; P.A. 90-98, S. 1, 2; P.A. 93-142, S. 4, 7, 8; P.A. 95-220, S. 4−6.)
History: 1971 act replaced "commission", i.e. boating commission, with "commissioner", i.e. environmental protection commissioner; P.A. 76-436 replaced court of common pleas with superior court, effective July 1, 1978; P.A. 78-280 replaced "Hartford county" with "judicial district of Hartford-New Britain"; P.A. 88-230 replaced "judicial district of Hartford-New Britain" with "judicial district of Hartford", effective September 1, 1991; P.A. 90-98 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1991, to September 1, 1993; P.A. 93-142 changed the effective date of P.A. 88- 230 from September 1, 1993, to September 1, 1996, effective June 14, 1993; P.A. 95-220 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1996, to September 1, 1998, effective July 1, 1995.

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PART II
SAFETY REGULATION

Sec. 15-127. Definitions. As used in this part unless the context otherwise requires: "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Environmental Protection; "federal waters" means the navigable waters of the United States within the territorial limits of the state; "state waters" means all waters within the territorial limits of the state except federal waters; "vessel" means every description of watercraft, other than a seaplane on water, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water; "motorboat" means any vessel, not more than sixty-five feet in length and propelled by machinery, whether or not such machinery is the principal source of propulsion; "sailboat" means any vessel propelled by sail alone; "sailboard" means any sailboat whose unsupported mast is connected by a swivel or a flexible universal joint to a hull similar to the hull of a surfboard; "water-skiing" includes aquaplaning, towing of any person behind a vessel under power and similar forms of activity; "operate" means to navigate or otherwise use a vessel; a vessel is "under way" when it is not moored, anchored, made fast to the shore or aground; "person" means any individual, partnership, firm, association, limited liability company, corporation or other entity; "town" includes city, town, borough and any other political subdivision of the state; "masthead light" means a white light placed over the fore and aft centerline of the vessel aft of and higher than the side lights and forward of the stern light showing an unbroken light over an arc of the horizon of 225 degrees and so fixed as to show the light from right ahead to 22.5 degrees abaft the beam on either side of the vessel; "side light" means a green light on the starboard side or a red light on the port side, placed forward of the stern light and as near as practicable to the bow of the vessel, each showing an unbroken light over an arc of the horizon of 112.5 degrees and so fixed as to show the light from right ahead to 22.5 degrees abaft the beam on its respective side, except that on a vessel of less than twenty meters in length the side lights may be combined in one lantern carried on the fore and aft centerline of the vessel; "stern light" means a white light placed as near as practicable to the stern showing an unbroken light over an arc of the horizon of 135 degrees and so fixed as to show the light 67.5 degrees from right aft on each side of the vessel; "all- around light" means a light showing an unbroken light over an arc of the horizon 360 degrees; "anchor light" means an all-around white light exhibited forward and displayed where it can best be seen, and "international regulations" means the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972, including annexes currently in force for the United States.
(1961, P.A. 520, S. 1; 1967, P.A. 171, S. 1; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 374; P.A. 73-257, S. 3, 27; P.A. 83-50, S. 1, 3; P.A. 85- 106, S. 1; P.A. 87-505, S. 5, 9; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-11, S. 45, 70; P.A. 95-79, S. 45, 189.)
History: 1967 act replaced boating safety commission with boating commission and redefined motorboat to place sixty- five foot limit on length; 1971 act replaced definition of "commission" with definition of "commissioner"; P.A. 73-257 redefined "water-skiing" to include towing person behind vessel under power; P.A. 83-50 defined "sailboard"; P.A. 85- 106 defined "masthead light", "side light", "stern light", "all-around light", "anchor light" and "international regulations" and deleted definition of federal regulations for preventing collisions at sea; P.A. 87-505 deleted an obsolete reference to Sec. 15-128 and inserted Sec. 15-129 in lieu thereof; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-11 made a technical change; P.A. 95-79 redefined "person" to include a limited liability company, effective May 31, 1995.

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Sec. 15-128. Lights. Section 15-128 is repealed.
(1961, P.A. 520, S. 8; P.A. 76-381, S. 20; P.A. 77-327, S. 1, 2; P.A. 87-505, S. 8, 9.)

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Sec. 15-129. Safety devices and equipment for vessels. Regulation of motorboat noise. (a) The provisions of this section shall apply to vessels operated on state and federal waters. (1) Every vessel shall carry for each person on board, so placed as to be readily accessible, at least one buoyant personal flotation device. The operator or owner of any vessel being used for recreational purposes, other than a vessel required to have a certificate of inspection issued by the Coast Guard, shall require any child under twelve years of age who is aboard such vessel to wear a personal flotation device while such vessel is underway unless the child is below deck or in an enclosed cabin. Sailboards shall be exempt from carrying a personal flotation device if the mast of the sailboard is secured to the hull by a leash or safety line. (2) Every motorboat with enclosed fuel storage space or an enclosed engine compartment shall be equipped with devices for ventilating flammable or explosive gases. (3) Every motorboat with a carbureted inboard engine shall have the carburetor of such engine equipped with a flame arrestor or backfire trap unless such engine is mounted in the aftermost part of the vessel with no provisions for carrying passengers behind the forward edge of the engine and the carburetor of such engine has its intake opening above the gunwale line of the vessel in the open atmosphere and mounted so backfire flames are directed to the rear or vertically away from the vessel and its occupants. (4) Every motorboat shall have its engine equipped with an effective muffling device. (5) All inboard motorboats, all outboard motorboats twenty-six feet or over in length, and all outboard motorboats less than twenty-six feet in length which have a compartment in which gases may accumulate, shall be equipped with a fire extinguisher. (6) Every motorboat sixteen feet or more in length shall be equipped with a whistle or horn-type sound-producing device capable of producing a blast of two seconds or more in duration. On motorboats sixteen feet or more but less than twenty-six feet in length such device shall be mouth, hand or power- operated and audible for at least one-half mile. On motorboats twenty-six feet or more but less than forty feet in length such device shall be hand or power-operated and audible for at least one mile. On motorboats forty feet or more but less than sixty-five feet in length such device shall be power-operated and audible for at least one mile. Every motorboat twenty-six feet or more in length shall be equipped with a bell capable of producing a clear bell-like tone of full round characteristics. (7) Every vessel operated on the waters of Long Island Sound or Fishers Island Sound between sunset and sunrise shall carry visual distress signals suitable for night use. Every vessel sixteen feet or more in length, except manually propelled vessels and open sailboats that are less than twenty-six feet in length, and are not equipped with propulsion machinery, operated on the waters of Long Island Sound or Fishers Island Sound at any time shall carry visual distress signals suitable for day and night use. No person, operator or owner in a vessel shall display or allow the display of a visual distress signal except when assistance is needed because of immediate or potential danger to persons aboard.
(b) No person shall operate or give permission for the operation of any motorboat on the waters of this state unless such motorboat is at all times equipped with a muffler which enables such motorboat to be operated in compliance with subsections (c) and (d) of this section and such muffler is in use. For purposes of this section "muffler" means a sound suppression device or system designed and installed to abate the sound of exhaust gases emitted from an internal combustion engine.
(c) No person shall operate or give permission for the operation of any motorboat on the waters of this state in such a manner as to exceed the following noise levels: (1) For engines manufactured before January 1, 1993, a noise level of 90 dB(A) when subjected to a stationary sound level test as prescribed by Society of Automotive Engineers Specification Number J2005; (2) for engines manufactured on or after January 1, 1993, a noise level of 88 dB(A) when subjected to a stationary sound level test as prescribed by Society of Automotive Engineers Specification Number J2005. If a motorboat is equipped with more than one engine, the said noise levels shall apply when all such engines are simultaneously in operation.
(d) No person shall operate or give permission for the operation of any motorboat on the waters of this state in such a manner as to exceed a noise level of 75 dB(A) measured as specified by Society of Automotive Engineers Specification Number J1970.
(e) Any officer authorized to enforce the provisions of this chapter who has reason to believe that a motorboat is being operated in excess of the noise levels established in subsection (c) or (d) of this section may request the operator of such motorboat to submit the motorboat to an on-site test to measure noise levels, with the officer on board such motorboat if such officer chooses, and the operator shall comply with such request. If such motorboat exceeds the noise levels established in subsection (c) or (d) of this section, the officer may direct the operator to take immediate and reasonable measures to correct the violation, including returning the motorboat to a mooring and keeping the motorboat at such mooring until the violation is corrected or ceases.
(f) Any officer who conducts a motorboat sound level test as provided in this section shall be qualified in motorboat noise testing by the Department of Environmental Protection. Such qualification shall include, without limitation, instruction in selection of the measurement site and in the calibration and use of noise testing equipment.
(g) No person shall operate or give permission for the operation of any motorboat on the waters of this state that is equipped with a muffler cutout, bypass or similar device which prevents the proper operation of or diminishes the operating capacity of the muffler.
(h) No person shall remove a muffler from a motorboat or alter a muffler on a motorboat so as to prevent the operation of such motorboat in compliance with subsections (c) and (d) of this section.
(i) No person shall sell or offer for sale any motorboat which is not equipped with a muffler which enables such motorboat to be operated in compliance with subsections (c) and (d) of this section. This subsection shall not apply to the sale or offer for sale of a motorboat which will be operated solely for the purpose of competing in marine races or regattas, provided upon the sale of a motorboat which is not equipped with such a muffler, the seller shall provide to the purchaser, and the purchaser shall date and sign, the following statement: "I understand that this motorboat may not be operated for any purposes other than competing in a marine race or regatta authorized under section 15- 140b of the Connecticut general statutes". Such statement shall include the hull identification number of the motorboat being purchased. Not later than five days after the sale, the seller shall submit to the commissioner a copy of such signed and dated statement. The seller and purchaser shall each retain a copy of the statement.
(j) The provisions of subsections (c) and (d) of this section shall not apply to the operation of a motorboat participating in a marine race or regatta authorized by the commissioner under section 15-140b.
(k) All devices and equipment required by this section shall be of a type and carried in the quantity and location approved by the commissioner or by the United States Coast Guard.
(l) Sirens shall not be used on any vessel except that law enforcement vessels of the United States, this state or a political subdivision of this state may use sirens when engaged in law enforcement activities or when identification is necessary for safety reasons. Any vessel may be equipped with a theft alarm signal device if such device is so designed that it cannot be used as an ordinary warning signal.
(m) Any person who violates any provision of subsection (a) of this section shall have committed an infraction. Any person who violates the provisions of any other subsection of this section or who fails to comply with a request or direction of an officer made pursuant to subsection (e) of this section shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars.
(1961, P.A. 520, S. 9; 1967, P.A. 449, S. 1; 1969, P.A. 145, S. 1; P.A. 73-257, S. 4, 27; P.A. 76-381, S. 21; P.A. 78- 275, S. 1, 3; P.A. 83-50, S. 2, 3; P.A. 84-268, S. 1; P.A. 85-106, S. 3; P.A. 87-505, S. 1, 9; P.A. 89-388, S. 25; P.A. 97- 49, S. 1, 2; P.A. 98-209, S. 18, 25.)
History: 1967 act made provisions applicable to vessels in federal waters, required life preservers on sailboats, canoes and rowboats as well as on motorboats, inserted new Subdiv. (2) in Subsec. (a) re preservers for children under sixteen, renumbering remaining Subdivs. accordingly, required ventilation for enclosed engine compartments and added Subdiv. (6) requiring fire extinguishers; 1969 act added Subsec. (c) forbidding operation of improperly equipped vessel; P.A. 73- 257 replaced specific vessel listing in Subsec. (a)(1) with "vessel" and "life preserving device" with "personal flotation device", deleted Subdiv. (2) and renumbered remaining Subsecs. accordingly; P.A. 76-381 added Subsec. (d) making violation an infraction; P.A. 78-275 inserted new Subsec. (b) re permissible noise levels and relettered remaining Subsecs. accordingly; P.A. 83-50 amended Subsec. (a) to deem a sailboard hull to be a personal flotation device; P.A. 84-268 amended Subsec. (b) by adding provision authorizing an officer to request a vessel operator to submit the vessel to a test, deleted Subsec. (d), which had prohibited operating or giving permission to operate a vessel not equipped as required, adding prohibition against the giving of permission to operate a vessel in such a way as to exceed noise levels in Subsec. (b), relettering the remaining Subsec. accordingly and amending said Subsec. by adding specific fine for refusal to submit to the test; P.A. 85-106 amended Subsec. (a) by making technical changes in Subdiv. (1), establishing an exception to the requirement of arrestors or backfire traps in Subdiv. (2) and adding Subdivs. (6) re sound devices and (7) re visual distress signals, amended Subsec. (c) by adding provisions re quantity and location, and amended Subsec. (d) to prohibit the use of sirens; P.A. 87-505 added Subsec. (e) re altered mufflers; P.A. 89-388 amended Subsec. (b) by relettering provisions re officers as Subsec. (c) and adding provisions re reasonable measures to correct a violation and moved provisions re violations from Subsec. (e) to new Subsec. (g) and added penalty for violations of Subsecs. (b) and (c); P.A. 97-49 amended Subsec. (a) to require operator or owner of certain vessels to require any child under twelve to wear personal flotation device while vessel is underway, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 98-209 substantially amended former section and relettered former subsections to provide for more extensive regulation of motorboat noise, amending or adding Subsecs. (b) to (m), inclusive, effective July 1, 1999 (Revisor's note: The Revisors editorially substituted a period for a comma following "... Department of Environmental Protection").
See chapter 881b re infractions of the law.
Subsec. (a):
Subdiv. (1) cited. 209 C. 169, 170. Subdiv. (5) cited. Id.

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Sec. 15-129a. Required lights. (a) Every vessel using state or federal waters, when underway in all weathers from sunset to sunrise, shall display the following prescribed lights: (1) A power-driven vessel, the construction of which was started after December 24, 1981, 12 meters (39pr4dp) or more in length and less than 20 meters (65pr6dp) in length shall exhibit side lights, a stern light, and a masthead light forward except that any masthead light need not be exhibited forward of midships but shall be exhibited as far forward of midships as is practicable and such vessel may exhibit an aft masthead light higher than the forward masthead light; (2) a power-driven vessel, the construction of which was started before December 25, 1981, less than 20 meters (65pr6dp) in length and any power-driven vessel less than 12 meters (39pr4dp) in length may exhibit those lights prescribed for a vessel, the construction of which was started after December 24, 1981, 12 meters (39pr4dp) or more in length and less than 20 meters (65pr6dp) in length, or in lieu of such combination of lights such vessels may exhibit side lights and an all-around white light at the stern; (3) a sailboat, under sail alone, 7 meters (22pr10dp) or more in length and less than 20 meters (65pr6dp) in length shall exhibit side lights and a stern light and such sailboat may exhibit at or near the top of the mast, where they can best be seen, two all-around lights in a vertical line, the upper red and the lower green. Such sailboat may have the side lights and stern lights combined in one lantern carried at or near the top of the mast where it can best be seen but if a combined lantern is used, the two all- around red and green mast lights shall not be exhibited in conjunction with the combined lantern; (4) a sailboat, under sail alone, of less than 7 meters (22pr10dp) in length and all vessels under oars shall, if practicable, exhibit the lights prescribed for a sailboat 7 meters (22pr10dp) or more in length and less than 20 meters (65pr6dp) in length or shall have aboard and ready at hand an electric torch or lighted lantern showing a white light which shall be exhibited in sufficient time to prevent collision. In lieu of the lights required by this section, a power-driven vessel or a sailboat may display the lights prescribed by international regulations, in the manner and under the condition provided therein.
(b) The visibility for the lights required by this section shall be as follows: (1) All stern lights, two miles; (2) all white, red or green all-around lights, two miles; (3) side lights on a vessel less than 12 meters (39pr4dp) in length, one mile; (4) side lights on a vessel 12 meters (39pr4dp) or greater in length, two miles; (5) masthead lights on a vessel less than 12 meters (39pr4dp) in length, two miles; (6) masthead lights on a vessel 12 meters (39pr4dp) or greater in length, three miles; and (7) anchor light, two miles. For the purposes of this section, visibility means visible on a dark night with clear atmosphere.
(c) When lights are required pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, no other lights shall be exhibited, except lights that (1) cannot be mistaken for the lights required pursuant to this section and do not impair the visibility or distinctive character of such required lights, and (2) do not interfere with the keeping of a proper lookout.
(d) Power driven and sailing vessels less than 20 meters but more than 7 meters in length at anchor between sunset and sunrise shall display an anchor light. Vessels less than 7 meters in length shall not be required to display an anchor light except when anchored in or near a narrow channel, fairway or anchorage or where other vessels normally navigate. Vessels less than 20 meters in length when at anchor in a special anchorage area as designated by the United States Secretary of Transportation shall not be required to exhibit an anchor light.
(e) Flashing lights shall not be used by any vessel except as provided in this subsection. Flashing blue lights may be used by law enforcement vessels of the United States, this state or a political subdivision of this state when such vessels are engaged in law enforcement activities or when identification of such vessels is necessary for safety reasons. Flashing white lights may be used on any vessel in accordance with rules and regulations of the United States Coast Guard.
(f) Violation of any provision of this section shall be an infraction.
(P.A. 85-106, S. 2.)

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Sec. 15-130. Modification or suspension of requirements. The commissioner may modify or suspend any requirement of sections 15-129 and 15-129a in respect to any class of vessels or vessels using any water or class of waters upon finding that such requirement does not materially aid boating safety and is unduly burdensome and inconvenient.
(1961, P.A. 520, S. 10; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 375; P.A. 87-505, S. 6, 9.)
History: 1971 act replaced "commission", i.e. boating commission, with "commissioner", i.e. commissioner of environmental protection; P.A. 87-505 deleted an obsolete reference to Sec. 15-128 and inserted Sec. 15-129a in lieu thereof.

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Sec. 15-130a. Powers of officers re vessel in unsafe condition. If any officer empowered to enforce the provisions of this chapter, observes a vessel being used without sufficient lifesaving or fire-fighting devices or in an overloaded or otherwise unsafe condition as defined in this chapter or in regulations of the Department of Environmental Protection, and in his judgment such use creates an especially hazardous condition, he may direct the operator to take whatever immediate and reasonable steps that would be necessary for the safety of those aboard the vessel, including directing the operator to return to mooring and to remain there until the situation creating the hazard is corrected or ended.
(P.A. 73-257, S. 25, 27.)

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Sec. 15-131. Rules for preventing collisions. The rules prescribed by this section for preventing collisions shall govern the operation of all vessels on state and federal waters. In construing the provisions of this section, risk of collision shall be deemed to exist when the compass bearing between approaching vessels does not appreciably change.
(1) When vessels approach each other end on, or nearly so, each shall pass on the port side of the other, except that, if the courses of such vessels are so far to the starboard of each other as not to be considered approaching end on and altering course would create a hazard, each shall keep out of the way of the other and pass on the starboard side of the other.
(2) When vessels are crossing so as to involve risk of collision, the vessel which has the other on her starboard side shall keep out of the way of the other, except that in such a situation a motorboat shall keep out of the way of a sailboat.
(3) When sailboats are crossing so as to involve risk of collision, one of them shall keep out of the way of the other as follows: (A) A sailboat running free shall keep out of the way of a sailboat which is close-hauled. (B) A sailboat which is close-hauled on the port tack shall keep out of the way of a sailboat which is close-hauled on the starboard tack. (C) When two sailboats are running free with the wind on different sides, the sailboat which has the wind on the port side shall keep out of the way of the other. (D) When two sailboats are running free with the wind on the same side, the sailboat which is to the windward shall keep out of the way of the other.
(4) Every vessel overtaking another vessel shall keep out of the way of the overtaken vessel. Any person operating a vessel shall not follow another vessel more closely than is reasonable and prudent and shall have regard for prevailing circumstances and conditions so as to not create a risk of collision.
(5) Every vessel which is required by these rules to keep out of the way of another vessel, on approaching such other vessel, shall slacken speed, stop, reverse or alter course as necessary and, as circumstances permit, avoid crossing ahead of or hazarding the other vessel. The other vessel shall maintain her course and speed.
(6) In obeying and construing these rules, regard shall be had to all dangers of navigation and collision and any special circumstances which may render a departure from these rules necessary in order to avoid immediate danger. For the purposes of this subsection, following too closely to avoid collision with another vessel shall be considered a violation.
(7) The operator of a vessel shall at all times maintain a proper lookout required by the ordinary practice of seamen and by the special circumstances of the case.
(8) Violation of any provision of this section shall be an infraction.
(1961, P.A. 520, S. 11; P.A. 76-381, S. 22; P.A. 94-188, S. 13; P.A. 99-219, S. 1, 3.)
History: P.A. 76-381 added Subsec. (h) making violation an infraction; P.A. 94-188 changed Subsecs. (a) to (h), inclusive, to Subdivs. (1) to (8), inclusive, and in the new Subdiv. (3), changed the Subdivs. to Subparas; P.A. 99-219 made section applicable to federal waters and added provisions in Subdivs. (4) and (6) re following too closely to avoid collision, effective July 1, 1999.
See chapter 881b re infractions of the law.

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Sec. 15-132. Procedure in case of collision or accident. When two or more vessels are involved in a collision, accident or other casualty, the operator of each, so far as he can do so without danger to his vessel or to its crew or passengers, shall render to the other vessel, its operator, crew and passengers such assistance as may be practicable and necessary to save them from danger caused by such collision and he shall stay by such other vessel until he has ascertained that there is no need of further assistance. Each such operator shall also give to the operator of the other vessel his name, address and the identification number, if any, of his vessel. Failure of an operator to comply with the requirements of this section, unless reasonable cause for such failure is shown, shall be prima facie evidence that the collision was caused by his wrongful act, neglect or default.
(1961, P.A. 520, S. 12.)

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Sec. 15-133. Rules for safe operation. (a) The rules prescribed by this section shall apply on all state and federal waters.
(b) No person shall use a vessel in a manner which unreasonably or unnecessarily interferes with free and proper navigation. Anchoring under a bridge, in a narrow channel or in a congested water not designated as an anchorage area shall be deemed to be such interference, except in case of emergency.
(c) No person shall alter, deface or remove any capacity information label affixed to any vessel.
(d) No person shall operate a vessel or engage in water skiing while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, or both. For the purposes of this subsection and sections 15-140l or 15-140n, a person shall be considered to be under the influence of intoxicating liquor if the ratio of alcohol in the blood of such person at the time of the alleged offense, as determined by methods prescribed in subsection (a) of section 15- 140r, is ten-hundredths of one per cent or more of alcohol, by weight. No person arrested for a violation of this subsection shall operate a vessel or engage in water-skiing upon the waters of this state for a twenty-four-hour period after such arrest.
(e) No person shall operate a vessel or engage in any activity contrary to the regulations of the commissioner.
(f) No person shall moor a vessel to, obstruct, remove, damage or destroy any navigation aid or any device used to mark a restricted area.
(g) Any person who violates the provisions of subsection (d) of this section shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars. Any person who violates any of the provisions of subsection (b), (c) or (f) of this section shall be fined not less than twenty-five dollars nor more than two hundred dollars. Any person who violates the provisions of subsection (e) of this section shall have committed an infraction.
(1961, P.A. 520, S. 13; 1969, P.A. 148, S. 1; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 376; P.A. 76-381, S. 23; P.A. 82-348, S. 1, 6; P.A. 83- 285, S. 1; P.A. 85-106, S. 4; P.A. 89-388, S. 18, 27.)
History: 1969 act replaced former Subsec. (a) re operation at moderate speed during fog, mist, snow or heavy rain with new provisions prohibiting operation at greater than reasonable speed, clarified and expanded Subsec. (j) and deleted reference to restricted areas in Subsec. (f); 1971 act replaced "commission", i.e. boating commission with "commissioner", i.e. environmental protection commissioner, in Subsec. (f); P.A. 76-381 added Subsec. (h) re infractions; P.A. 82-348 changed the penalty in Subsec. (h) for violation of any provisions of this section from an infraction to a violation; P.A. 83- 285 amended Subsec. (h) to make violations of any provision of Subsec. (f) an infraction; P.A. 85-106 amended Subsec. (c) to add provisions requiring operation in accordance with maximum capacity information and to prohibit alteration, defacement or removal of capacity information label; P.A. 89-388 amended Subsec. (a) to delete provision re speed of vessels, amended Subsec. (c) to delete provisions re capacity, deleted Subsec. (d) in its entirety and relettered the remaining Subsecs., amended relettered Subsec. (d) to add provisions re drugs and standard for under the influence and amended relettered Subsec. (g) to establish a violation of Subsec. (d) and to make technical corrections.
See chapter 881b re infractions of the law.

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Sec. 15-133a. Safety controls on the Housatonic River. The Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall prescribe, install and maintain suitable safety controls and warning devices on the approaches to the dams on the Housatonic River for the safety of boats utilizing the same.
(1963, P.A. 24; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 377.)
History: 1971 act substituted commissioner of environmental protection for boating safety commission.

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Sec. 15-133b. Boating safety certificate for certain minors. Owners prohibited from permitting operation without certificate, when. Section 15-133b is repealed.
(1969, P.A. 487, S. 1-4; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 378; P.A. 82-223, S. 26; 82-421, S. 3, 4; P.A. 83-577, S. 31; P.A. 89-388, S. 7; P.A. 90-274, S. 9, 14; P.A. 91-408, S. 17, 18.)

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Sec. 15-133c. When boating safety certificate required upon violation of safety rules. (a) On or before January 1, 1991, any person convicted of more than one violation of section 15-133 or 15-134 within any two-year period may not operate a motorboat powered by a motor in excess of five horsepower on the waters of the state for recreational purposes without first obtaining a boating safety certificate from the commissioner evidencing successful completion of a course in safe boat handling approved by the commissioner. The commissioner shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 establishing requirements for the issuance of boating safety certificates and the content of safe boat handling courses which shall include but not be limited to instruction in boat handling and navigation. The commissioner may designate as his agent for giving such course and issuing such certificates: The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, the United States Power Squadron, or any other person or organization he deems qualified to act in such capacity.
(b) A certified copy of a conviction for a violation of section 15-133 or 15-134 shall be sent within thirty days of conviction to the Commissioner of Environmental Protection without charge by the clerk of the court wherein such conviction has been had.
(P.A. 82-421, S. 1, 4; P.A. 83-285, S. 2, 6; P.A. 89-388, S. 8.)
History: P.A. 83-285 changed Subsec. (b) to require that a certified copy of a conviction rather than a copy of a citation be sent to the commissioner and to specify that no charge will be levied for sending the copy; P.A. 89-388 amended Subsec. (a) to terminate provisions on or before January 1, 1991, and amended Subsec. (b) to require that copies of convictions be sent within thirty days of conviction.

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Sec. 15-134. Water skiing. Jumps and courses for skiers and vessels. (a) No person shall operate a motorboat towing a water skier unless there is present in such motorboat, in addition to the operator, a responsible person at least twelve years of age assisting the operator and observing the progress of such water skier.
(b) No person shall engage in water skiing and no person shall operate a motorboat towing a person so engaged on any water area on which water skiing is prohibited.
(c) No person shall engage in water skiing from one-half hour after sunset until sunrise or when weather conditions restrict normal visibility to less than one hundred yards.
(d) No person shall engage in water skiing in such manner as to strike or threaten to strike any person or vessel and no person shall operate a motorboat or manipulate a tow line or other towing device in such manner as to cause a water skier to strike or threaten to strike another person or vessel.
(e) The commissioner may modify or suspend the provisions of this section in respect to any person performing or competing in a bona fide race, regatta, water carnival or similar public event.
(f) (1) No individual, association or corporation shall place or cause to be placed on the waters of this state any marked course or jump ramp for use by any water skier or vessel without written authorization of the commissioner except on lakes or ponds owned by, and whose access is entirely under the control of, private landowners or lessees who all agree to the establishment of such course or ramp. On and after October 1, 1993, no new authorization shall be granted on any body of water with a surface area less than one hundred acres. Application for authorization shall be made on forms provided by the commissioner and shall be accompanied by: (A) A detailed map showing the proposed location of such marked course or jump ramp, (B) a detailed diagram of the proposed course markers or jump ramp and (C) a detailed statement addressing the safety and environmental impact of such proposal.
(2) The commissioner shall hold a public hearing in the town or one of the towns in which authorization is sought to place such marked course or jump ramp, giving all towns involved and all interested persons an opportunity to present their views. Prior to issuing such authorization the commissioner shall consider: (A) The completeness, accuracy and detail of the application, (B) public safety, (C) any environmental impacts and (D) the possible conflicts with other water uses.
(1961, P.A. 520, S. 14; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 379; P.A. 73-257, S. 5, 27; P.A. 76-381, S. 24; P.A. 83-285, S. 3; P.A. 93- 238, S. 1.)
History: 1971 act replaced "commission", i.e. boating commission, with "commissioner", i.e. commissioner of environmental protection; P.A. 73-257 deleted reference to operation of boat towing skier in Subsec. (c) and changed prohibition from one hour to one-half hour after sunset and included in prohibition skiing when visibility less than one hundred yards; P.A. 76-381 inserted new Subsec. (e) making violation an infraction and relettered former Subsec. (e) as Subsec. (f); P.A. 83-285 repealed Subsec. (e) which had made violation of Subsecs. (a), (b) and (d) an infraction, relettering former Subsec. (f) accordingly; P.A. 93-238 added Subsec. (f) re jumps and courses for skiers and vessels.

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Sec. 15-135. Position of scuba divers to be marked. Safe operating distance for vessels. (a) No person shall engage in underwater swimming or diving using a self- contained underwater breathing apparatus or other artificial breathing device in any state or federal water without marking his position with a clearly discernible flag, buoy or other device which the commissioner approves or prescribes. No person when so engaged shall surface more than fifty feet from such marker, except in cases of emergency.
(b) Not more than four persons shall use the same marking device simultaneously, except when engaged in underwater swimming or diving from an anchored boat displaying such marking device, in which case the number of persons using the same marking device shall be limited to the legal capacity of such boat.
(c) No person shall operate a vessel or cause any person on water skis to pass within one hundred feet of a device marking the location of an underwater swimmer or diver.
(d) Violation of any provision of this section shall be an infraction.
(1961, P.A. 520, S. 15; P.A. 76-381, S. 25; P.A. 77-190; P.A. 93-238, S. 5.)
History: P.A. 76-381 added Subsec. (c) making violation an infraction; P.A. 77-190 replaced "commission", i.e. boating commission, with "commissioner", i.e. environmental protection commissioner, inserted new Subsec. (b) re multiple use of marking device and relettered Subsecs. (b) and (c) as (c) and (d); P.A. 93-238 amended Subsec. (c) to increase the safe operating distance for vessels to dive markers from fifty to one hundred feet.
See chapter 881b re infractions of the law.

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Sec. 15-136. Ordinances and regulations. (a) Any town, by ordinance, may make local regulations respecting the operation of vessels on any body of water within its territorial limits. Upon adoption, each such ordinance shall be submitted to the commissioner and, if not disapproved by him within sixty days thereafter, shall take effect as provided in subsection (c) of this section. The commissioner may disapprove any ordinance or part thereof which he finds to be arbitrary, unreasonable, unnecessarily restrictive, inimical to uniformity or inconsistent with the policy of this part.
(b) The commissioner may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, respecting the operation of vessels on any body of water which lies within the territorial limits of two or more towns (1) when no local regulations exist or (2) when such action is required to establish uniformity in the boating regulations of the several towns. Any town, by vote of its legislative body, and any group of ten or more interested persons may petition the commissioner for the adoption, amendment or repeal of the regulations. The commissioner shall hold a public hearing on each such petition in the petitioning town or in one of the towns which will be affected, giving all interested persons an opportunity to present their views. Notice of such hearing, stating the date, time and place thereof and the substance of the proposed regulation, shall be published at least ten days prior thereto in a newspaper of general circulation in the town or towns which will be affected.
(c) All regulations adopted pursuant to the provisions of this section shall take effect upon their publication and posting as required by section 15-138.
(1961, P.A. 520, S. 16; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 380; P.A. 91-91, S. 1, 3.)
History: 1971 act replaced "commission", i.e. boating commission, with "commissioner", i.e. environmental protection commissioner; P.A. 91-91 deleted reference to "special" regulations, eliminated requirement of finding of emergency by commissioner and made the regulations adopted pursuant to this section effective upon their publication and posting pursuant to Sec. 15-138 where previously effective on the April first following adoption except in emergency situations.

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Sec. 15-136a. Compliance with certain engine size requirements. In complying with the requirements of any statute, regulation or ordinance restricting the horsepower or size of the engine on any vessel while being operated on an inland body of water, a person may (1) in the case of an outboard motor, remove the propeller from the boat's engine and incline the engine out of the water so that the absence of the propeller is clearly visible, or (2) in the case of an inboard motor, remove the propeller from the boat's engine and incline or trim the engine to an upright position. This section shall not be construed to allow vessels with the gasoline-powered engines on bodies of water where such engines are not allowed.
(P.A. 99-219, S. 2, 3.)
History: P.A. 99-219 effective July 1, 1999.

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Sec. 15-137. Enforcement. Section 15-137 is repealed.
(1961, P.A. 520, S. 17; 1963, P.A. 552, S. 1; 1967, P.A. 170, S. 2.)
See Sec. 15-154.

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Sec. 15-138. Publication of laws, regulations and ordinances. On or before the first day of April annually the commissioner shall publish in pamphlet form and distribute all general and special laws and all regulations and ordinances adopted or approved by him pertaining to or affecting boating and boating activities, or a digest or resume of such laws, regulations and ordinances, together with information respecting rules, forms and procedures prescribed by him for the administration of this part. No regulation or ordinance shall take effect until so published and distributed, except that in the case of any regulation or ordinance adopted pursuant to section 15-136 not contained in such pamphlet because of its recent adoption, the commissioner or municipality, as the case may be, shall publish notice of the regulation or ordinance in a newspaper of general circulation, in the town or towns affected, and shall also post the affected area. The commissioner may, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, adopt regulations to specify posting techniques to comply with this section.
(1961, P.A. 520, S. 18; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 381; P.A. 73-257, S. 6, 27; P.A. 91-91, S. 2, 3.)
History: 1971 act replaced "commission", i.e. boating commission, with "commissioner", i.e. "environmental protection commissioner"; P.A. 73-257 made provisions re pamphlet contents specifically applicable to orders, regulations, etc. adopted, approved or prescribed by commissioner; P.A. 91-91 deleted reference to emergency certification by commissioner and provided for publication and posting of notice of adoption of regulations.

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Sec. 15-139. Penalties. (a) Any person who violates any provision of section 15- 132 or section 15-134 shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars.
(b) Any person who violates any other provision of this part for which no penalty is provided shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars.
(1961, P.A. 520, S. 19; P.A. 76-381, S. 26; P.A. 83-285, S. 4.)
History: P.A. 76-381 deleted Subsec. (a) which had imposed twenty-five dollar maximum penalty for violation of specified provisions and relettered Subsecs. (b) and (c) accordingly; P.A. 83-285 amended Subsec. (a) by eliminating application of the fine to Subdiv. (e) of Sec. 15-133 or Subsec. (c) of Sec. 15-134.

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Sec. 15-140. Special acts and ordinances superseded. All special acts and municipal ordinances inconsistent with the provisions of this part are superseded and shall be of no force or effect.
(1961, P.A. 520, S. 20.)

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Sec. 15-140a. Commissioner of Environmental Protection as attorney for service of process on nonresident. Any person not a resident of this state who causes a vessel to be operated upon any waters which are subject to the jurisdiction of this state shall be deemed to have appointed the Commissioner of Environmental Protection as his attorney and to have agreed that any process in any civil action brought against him because of alleged negligence in the operation of a vessel upon any such waters may be served upon the commissioner and shall have the same validity as if served upon the nonresident personally. Such process shall be served by the officer to whom it is directed upon the commissioner by leaving with him at his office, at least twelve days before the return day of such process, a true and attested copy thereof, and by sending to the defendant, by registered or certified mail, postage prepaid, a like true and attested copy with an endorsement thereon of the service upon the commissioner, addressed to such nonresident at his last-known address. The officer serving such process upon the commissioner shall leave with him, at the time of service, a fee of two dollars, which fee shall be taxed in favor of the plaintiff in his costs if he prevails in the action. The commissioner shall keep a record of such process and the day and hour of service. The provisions of this section shall not apply to vessels having a valid marine document issued by the United States or a foreign government.
(1963, P.A. 222; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 382.)
History: 1971 act replaced commissioner of agriculture and natural resources with commissioner of environmental protection.

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Sec. 15-140b. Marine parades, regattas, races, tournaments or exhibitions. Warning devices. Penalty. Written permission shall be obtained from the commissioner at least thirty days in advance for any marine parade, regatta, race, tournament or exhibition to be held on state waters, as defined in section 15-127, or, by agreement between the United States Coast Guard and the commissioner, on federal waters, as defined in said section 15-127. The commissioner may grant season permits. Any person who obtains such permission shall be responsible for providing reasonable protection as prescribed by the commissioner and for taking reasonable precautions to safeguard persons and property. During any authorized event, the commissioner may require the person conducting it to conspicuously display one or more warning flags, warning buoys or warning signs as prescribed by the commissioner. When such warning devices are displayed, no watercraft not participating in the event shall cross the course or area of the event, except in an emergency. The warning devices shall be removed for reasonable periods of time during the event to allow nonparticipating watercraft to pass through the area. Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be subject to the penalty in subsection (b) of section 15-139.
(1967, P.A. 241; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 383; P.A. 84-546, S. 47, 173; P.A. 97-72, S. 2.)
History: 1971 act substituted "commissioner", i.e. environmental protection commissioner, for "boating commission" and "commission"; P.A. 84-546 made technical change, substituting reference to Subsec. (b) for reference to Subsec. (c) of Sec. 15-139; P.A. 97-72 amended time period re written permission from "fifteen days in advance" to "thirty days in advance", applied permission provision to events held by agreement between the United States Coast Guard and commissioner on federal waters, deleted requirement that person conducting event conspicuously display warning flags and substituted provision allowing the commissioner to require display of warning flags, warning buoys or warning signs, and substituted "warning devices" for existing references to "warning flags".

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Sec. 15-140c. Abandonment of vessel. (a) No person shall abandon any vessel on the waters of this state or upon property other than his own without the consent of the owner thereof. For the purposes of this section, a vessel shall be presumed to be abandoned if left on the waters of this state not moored, anchored or made fast to the shore and unattended for a period greater than twenty-four hours, or left upon property other than his own without the consent of said property owner for a period greater than twenty- four hours. The last owner of record of a vessel at the time it was abandoned shall be presumed to be the person who abandoned the same or caused or procured its abandonment.
(b) Any officer authorized to enforce the provisions of this chapter upon discovery of any vessel apparently abandoned, whether situated on or out of the waters of the state, may take such vessel into his custody and may cause the same to be taken to and stored in a suitable place. There shall be no liability attached to such officer for any damages to such vessel while in his custody. All charges necessarily incurred by such officer in the performance of such duty shall be a lien upon such vessel. The owner or keeper of any marina or other place where such vessel is stored shall have a lien upon the same for his storage charges and if such vessel has been stored for a period of not less than sixty days, such owner or keeper may sell the same for storage charges owed thereon, provided a notice of intent to sell shall be sent to the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, Commissioner of Transportation and the owner of such vessel, if known, five days before the sale of such vessel. If the owner is unknown, such sale shall be advertised in a newspaper published or having a circulation in the town where such marina or other place is located three times, commencing at least five days before the sale. The proceeds of such sale, after deducting the amount due such marina owner or keeper and all expenses of the officer who placed such vessel in storage, shall be paid to the owner of such vessel or his legal representatives, if claimed by him or them at any time within one year from the date of such sale. If such balance is not claimed within said period, it shall escheat to the state.
(P.A. 73-257, S. 22, 27.)

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Sec. 15-140d. Obstruction to navigation or public use of waters prohibited. Remedies. No person shall place or cause to be placed any marker, raft, dockslip, ski jump or similar structure upon the state's waters so as to create an obstruction or menace to navigation or a hindrance to the public use of such waters. If the Commissioner of Transportation determines that any such structure constitutes a hazard in tidal waters, he may order the owner to dismantle or remove the structure or to take other measures to eliminate the danger. If the Commissioner of Environmental Protection determines that any such structure constitutes such a hazard in the state's waters other than tidal waters, he may order the owner to dismantle or remove the structure or to take other measures to eliminate the danger.
(P.A. 73-257, S. 23, 27; P.A. 74-338, S. 27, 94; P.A. 75-455, S. 1, 2.)
History: P.A. 74-338 replaced commissioner of environmental protection with commissioner of transportation; P.A. 75-455 made fifteen-day deadline applicable to filing rather than to mailing of forms.

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Sec. 15-140e. Safe boating certificate. (a) On and after the following dates, no resident of the state, person owning real property in the state or person owning a vessel in the state shall operate on the waters of the state a vessel which is required to be registered or numbered pursuant to this chapter unless such person has a valid vessel operator license by the United States Coast Guard or has obtained a safe boating certificate issued by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection: For operators who are less than twenty years of age, June 23, 1993; for operators who are less than twenty- five years of age, October 1, 1993; for operators who are less than thirty years of age, October 1, 1994; for operators who are less than thirty-five years of age, October 1, 1995; for operators who are less than forty years of age, October 1, 1996; and for all operators forty years of age or older, October 1, 1997. Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, the commissioner may issue a certificate to a person who has successfully completed a course in safe boating operation approved by the commissioner before the date such person is required to take the exam under this section. A safe boating certificate shall be nonrevocable and valid for the life of the person to whom it is issued.
(b) A certificate shall be issued under subsection (a) to any applicant regardless of age who provides proof that he has (1) successfully completed a course in safe boating operation approved by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, which may include those offered by the United States Power Squadron, Coast Guard Auxiliary or other organizations, (2) successfully passed an equivalency examination testing knowledge of safe boating operation administered by the commissioner, (3) owned a vessel which was registered or numbered pursuant to this chapter in his name as an individual during any period in the five years preceding October 1, 1992, or (4) been a member during any period in the five years preceding October 1, 1992, of the United States Power Squadron or United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. On and after October 1, 1997, no certificate shall be issued pursuant to subdivisions (3) and (4) of this subsection.
(c) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, any person who purchases a new or used vessel after July 11, 1991, may, upon vessel registration, apply to the department for a temporary safe boating certificate which shall be valid for six months from the date of registration. No person shall be issued more than one temporary safe boating certificate.
(d) Any person operating a vessel other than a personal watercraft, as defined in section 15-140j, which is rented for a period of fourteen days or less from a person or organization engaged in the commercial rental of vessels need not obtain a certificate during the rental period. Persons or organizations engaged in the commercial rental of vessels shall furnish to each rental customer literature on safety and rules of navigation as supplied by the commissioner.
(e) Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be fined not less than sixty nor more than two hundred fifty dollars for each such violation.
(P.A. 89-388, S. 1; P.A. 90-274, S. 7, 14; P.A. 91-408, S. 11, 18; P.A. 93-238, S. 2, 6; P.A. 95-145, S. 2, 3.)
History: P.A. 90-274 in Subsec. (a) changed effective date from the effective date of the regulations to on or after January 1, 1992, and clarified that the section applies to a vessel powered by a motor in excess of twenty-five horsepower or a sailboat nineteen and one-half feet or more in length, in Subsec. (b) changed effective date from January 1, 1991, to January 1, 1992, in Subsec. (c) changed effective date from on or after January 1, 1991, to period from January 1, 1992, to September 30, 1993, and added new Subsec. (d) requiring applicants to complete a course in safe boat operation and relettering the remaining Subsec.; P.A. 91-408 (1) amended Subsec. (a) by replacing "certificate of boating operation" with "safe boating certificate", providing that the certificate be issued by the commissioner of motor vehicles, deleting the provision limiting applicability to the operation of a vessel powered by a motor in excess of twenty-five horsepower or a sailboat nineteen and one-half feet or more in length, replacing the effective date of on and after January 1, 1992, with a staggered schedule commencing October 1, 1992, based on the ascending age of the operator, authorizing the commissioner to issue a certificate to a person who has successfully completed a course in safe boating operation prior to his examination date, and providing that the certificate is nonrevocable, (2) amended Subsec. (b) by providing in Subdiv. (1) that the course may include those offered by the United States Power Squadron, Coast Guard Auxiliary or other organizations, providing in Subdiv. (2) that the examination be administered by the department of motor vehicles, replacing in Subdiv. (3) "a registered or numbered vessel during any period in the five years preceding January 1, 1992" with "a vessel which was registered or numbered pursuant to this chapter in his name as an individual during any period in the five years preceding October 1, 1992", adding Subdiv. (5) re membership in the United States Power Squadron or United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, and adding provision prohibiting the issuance of a certificate pursuant to Subdivs. (3) and (5) on and after October 1, 1997, (3) amended Subsec. (c) by replacing provisions requiring an applicant to pass an examination or complete a safe boating course with provisions authorizing the issuance of a temporary certificate to a person who purchases a new or used vessel after July 11, 1991, (4) amended Subsec. (d) by replacing provision prohibiting issuance of certificate on and after October 1, 1993, unless the applicant has completed a safe boating course with provision exempting operators of rented vessels from certificate requirement and requiring persons or organizations engaged in the commercial rental of vessels to furnish customers boating safety literature, and (5) amended Subsec. (e) by decreasing the minimum fine from one hundred to sixty dollars and the maximum fine from five hundred to two hundred dollars; P.A. 93-238 transferred authority to issue safe boating certificates from the commissioner of motor vehicles to the commissioner of environmental protection and amended Subsec. (c) to specify that no person may be issued more than one temporary certificate, effective June 23, 1993; P.A. 95-145 amended Subsecs. (a) and (b) to exempt holders of Coast Guard vessel operator's license from requirements of this section.

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Sec. 15-140f. Courses in safe boating operation. Regulations. Reciprocity. (a) The Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall formulate courses in safe boating operation.
(b) The commissioner shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 setting forth the content of safe boating operation courses. Such regulations may include provisions for examinations, issuance of safe boating certificates and establishment of reasonable fees for the course and examination and for issuing certificates, temporary certificates, and duplicate certificates. Any fees collected pursuant to such regulations shall be deposited in the boating account established pursuant to section 15-155.
(c) Any person who holds a certificate from another state that has a reciprocal agreement with the commissioner may operate a vessel on the waters of this state.
(P.A. 89-388, S. 2, 27; P.A. 91-408, S. 12, 18; P.A. 00-152, S. 4.)
History: P.A. 91-408 amended Subsec. (b) to replace "certificates of boating operation" with "safe boating certificates" and authorize the regulations to include provisions for the establishment of a fee for the issuance of a temporary certificate, and added Subsec. (c) re reciprocity; in 1997 a reference in Subsec. (b) to "Boating Fund" was changed editorially by the Revisors to "boating account" to conform section to Sec. 15-155; P.A. 00-152 amended Subsec. (c) by deleting language authorizing department to enter into reciprocal agreements and language re successfully completing safe boating course.

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Sec. 15-140g. Safe boating certificate to be carried on board vessel. (a) Any person required to obtain a safe boating certificate pursuant to section 15-140e shall have such certificate on board at all times while operating a vessel. On demand of an officer authorized to enforce the provisions of this chapter, such person shall exhibit the certificate to the officer.
(b) Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be fined not less than sixty dollars nor more than two hundred fifty dollars for each violation.
(P.A. 89-388, S. 3; P.A. 90-274, S. 8, 14; P.A. 91-408, S. 13, 18.)
History: P.A. 90-274 in Subsec. (a) changed effective date from January 1, 1991, to January 1, 1992, and specified that the section applies to a vessel which is powered by a motor in excess of twenty-five horsepower or a sailboat nineteen and one-half feet or more in length; P.A. 91-408 replaced provision requiring residents and persons owning real property in this state who operate specified vessels on or after January 1, 1992, to have on board a certificate of boating operation with provision requiring any person required to obtain a safe boating certificate pursuant to Sec. 15-140e to have such certificate on board at all times while operating a vessel, and replaced the penalty of an infraction with a fine of not less than sixty nor more than two hundred fifty dollars.

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Sec. 15-140h. Operation of vessel by person less than twelve years of age. No person less than twelve years of age shall operate a motor powered vessel exceeding ten horsepower unless accompanied on board by person at least eighteen years of age who has been issued a safe boating certificate.
(P.A. 89-388, S. 4; P.A. 91-408, S. 14, 18.)
History: P.A. 91-408 limited prohibition to motor powered vessel "exceeding ten horsepower", replaced "person more than eighteen years of age" with "person at least eighteen years of age" and replaced "certificate of boating operation" with "safe boating certificate".

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Sec. 15-140i. Suspension of certificate of boating operation. Regulations. Section 15-140i is repealed.
(P.A. 89-388, S. 5; P.A. 91-408, S. 17, 18.)

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Sec. 15-140j. Certificate of personal watercraft operation. Regulations. (a) As used in this section, "personal watercraft" is any inboard powered vessel less than sixteen feet in length which has an internal combustion engine powering a water-jet pump as its primary source of motor propulsion and which is designed to be operated by a person sitting, standing or kneeling on the vessel, rather than the conventional manner of sitting or standing inside the vessel.
(b) On and after June 23, 1993, no person shall operate a personal watercraft unless he has successfully completed a course in safe personal watercraft handling approved by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection and has been issued a certificate of personal watercraft operation by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection. Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, the commissioner may modify or suspend requirements for a certificate of personal watercraft operation by written authorization with respect to any marine event authorized by the commissioner or upon receipt of a copy of the United States Coast Guard authorization for a marine event.
(c) The commissioner may adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 establishing the content of courses in safe personal watercraft handling. Such regulations may include provisions for examinations, issuance of certificates of personal watercraft operation and establishment of a reasonable fee for such course and examination and for the issuance of a certificate and duplicate certificate. Any fee collected pursuant to regulations adopted under this section shall be deposited in the boating account established pursuant to section 15-155.
(d) Notwithstanding subsection (b) of this section, any person who purchases a new or used personal watercraft after May 20, 1994, may, upon vessel registration, apply to the Commissioner of Environmental Protection for a temporary certificate of personal watercraft operation which shall be valid for six months from the date of registration, provided the applicant has successfully completed a course in safe personal watercraft handling prior to application for the temporary certificate. No person shall be issued more than one temporary certificate of personal watercraft operation.
(e) The commissioner may enter into a reciprocal agreement with any other state which has a similar safe personal watercraft handling certificate program which the commissioner deems acceptable for purposes of this subsection. Any person who successfully completes a course in safe personal watercraft handling and holds a certificate or license from another state which has such a reciprocal agreement with the commissioner may operate a personal watercraft on the waters of this state.
(f) Any person required to obtain a certificate of personal watercraft operation pursuant to this section shall have such certificate on board at all times while operating a personal watercraft. On demand of an officer authorized to enforce the provisions of this chapter, such person shall exhibit the certificate to the officer.
(g) Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be fined not less than sixty dollars nor more than two hundred fifty dollars for each such violation.
(P.A. 89-388, S. 6; P.A. 90-274, S. 10, 14; P.A. 91-408, S. 15, 18; P.A. 93-238, S. 3, 6; P.A. 94-110, S. 4, 5; P.A. 95- 145, S. 1, 3; P.A. 97-72, S. 1, 4.)
History: P.A. 90-274 in Subsec. (b) changed effective date from January 1, 1991, to January 1, 1992; P.A. 91-408 amended Subsec. (b) to change effective date from January 1, 1992, to October 1, 1992, and provide that the certificate is issued by the department of motor vehicles, amended Subsec. (c) to authorize the regulations to include provisions for examinations, the issuance of certificates of personal watercraft operation and the establishment of a fee for such examination, and amended Subsec. (d) to delete the requirement that the violation be done "wilfully", decrease the minimum fine from one hundred to sixty dollars and increase the maximum fine from two hundred to two hundred fifty dollars; P.A. 93-238 transferred authority to issue certificates under this section from the commissioner of motor vehicles to the commissioner of environmental protection, effective June 23, 1993; P.A. 94-110 amended Subsec. (a) to specify that personal watercraft are powered vessels less than sixteen feet long and to distinguish their operation from the conventional manner of vessel operation, amended Subsec. (b) to provide for modification or suspension of certification requirements in certain circumstances, added a new Subsec. (d) re temporary certificates and relettered the former Subsec. (d) accordingly, effective May 20, 1994; P.A. 95-145 inserted new Subsec. (e) re the carrying of the certificate on board the craft and relettered former Subsec. (e) as (f), effective June 28, 1995 (Revisor's note: A reference in Subsec. (c) to "Boating Fund" was replaced editorially by the Revisors with "boating account" to conform section with Sec. 15-155); P.A. 97-72 inserted new Subsec. (e) re reciprocal agreements with other states for certification of personal watercraft operators and relettered existing Subsecs. (e) and (f) as (f) and (g), respectively, effective May 27, 1997.

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Sec. 15-140k. Reckless operation of a vessel in the first degree. (a) A person commits the offense of reckless operation of a vessel in the first degree when he operates a vessel at such speed or maneuvers a vessel in such a manner as to result in (1) death or serious physical injury to another person or (2) damage to property in excess of one thousand dollars.
(b) Any person guilty of reckless operation of a vessel in the first degree shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars nor more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.
(P.A. 89-388, S. 11, 27.)

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Sec. 15-140l. Reckless operation of a vessel in the first degree while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs. (a) A person commits the offense of reckless operation of a vessel in the first degree while under the influence when, while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, or both, he operates a vessel at such speed or maneuvers a vessel in such a manner as to result in (1) death or serious physical injury to another person or (2) damage to property in excess of one thousand dollars.
(b) Any person guilty of reckless operation of a vessel in the first degree while under the influence shall be fined not less than five hundred dollars nor more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.
(P.A. 89-388, S. 12, 27.)

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Sec. 15-140m. Reckless operation of a vessel in the second degree. (a) A person commits the offense of reckless operation of a vessel in the second degree when he (1) operates a vessel at such speed or maneuvers a vessel in such a manner as to endanger the life, limb or property of another person, (2) operates or, as owner, permits the operation of a vessel loaded with passengers or cargo beyond its safe carrying capacity, having regard for weather and other operating conditions, (3) operates or, as owner, permits the operation of a vessel loaded or powered in excess of the maximum capacity information stated on the United States Coast Guard capacity information label or the capacity information label of the manufacturer affixed to such vessel, or (4) operates or, as owner, permits the operation of a vessel the capacity information label of which has been altered, defaced or removed.
(b) Any person guilty of reckless operation of a vessel in the second degree shall be fined not less than fifty dollars nor more than two hundred dollars.
(P.A. 89-388, S. 13, 27.)

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Sec. 15-140n. Reckless operation of a vessel in the second degree while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs. (a) A person commits the offense of reckless operation of a vessel in the second degree while under the influence when, while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, or both, he operates a vessel at such speed or maneuvers a vessel in such a manner as to endanger the life, limb or property of another person.
(b) Any person guilty of reckless operation of a vessel in the second degree while under the influence shall be fined not less than two hundred fifty dollars nor more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.
(P.A. 89-388, S. 14, 27.)

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Sec. 15-140o. Seizure of vessel. (a) Any officer authorized to enforce the provisions of sections 15-129, 15-133, 15-133b, 15-133c, 15-140e to 15-140u, inclusive, 15- 154 and 15-156 who arrests an operator for a violation of subsection (d) of section 15- 133 or section 15-140k, 15-140l or 15-140n may take the vessel operated in such violation into his custody and shall cause the same to be taken to and stored in a suitable place. There shall be no liability attached to such officer for any damages to such vessel while in his custody. All charges necessarily incurred by such officer in the performance of such duty shall be a lien upon such vessel. The owner or keeper of any marina or other place where such vessel is stored shall have a lien upon the same for his storage charges and if such vessel has been stored for a period of not less than sixty days, such owner or keeper may sell the same for storage charges owed thereon, provided a notice of intent to sell shall be sent to the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, and the owner of such vessel, if known, five days before the sale of such vessel. If the owner is unknown, such sale shall be advertised by such marina owner or keeper in a newspaper published or having a circulation in the town where such marina or other place is located three times, commencing at least five days before the sale. The proceeds of such sale, after deducting the amount due such marina owner or keeper and all expenses of the officer who placed such vessel in storage, shall be paid to the owner of such vessel or his legal representatives, if claimed by him or them at any time within one year from the date of such sale. If such balance is not claimed within said period, it shall escheat to the state.
(b) Any vessel being operated by a person who is arrested for a violation of section 15-140n shall be impounded for twenty-four hours after the arrest.
(P.A. 89-388, S. 15, 27; P.A. 91-408, S. 7.)
History: P.A. 91-408 amended Subsec. (a) to include a violation of "subsection (d) of section 15-133".

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Sec. 15-140p. Fines deposited in criminal injuries compensation account. Any fine imposed for a violation of subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of section 15-140k or subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of section 15-140l shall be deposited in the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund established pursuant to section 54-215.
(P.A. 89-388, S. 17, 27; P.A. 96-180, S. 151, 166.)
History: P.A. 96-180 changed "account" to "fund", effective June 3, 1996.

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Sec. 15-140q. Blood, breath or urine test. (a) If any person, having been placed under arrest for violating subsection (b) of section 53-206d, or for operating a vessel upon the waters of this state while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, or both, and thereafter, after being apprised of his constitutional rights, having been requested to submit to a blood, breath or urine test at the option of the police officer, having been afforded a reasonable opportunity to telephone an attorney prior to the performance of such test and having been informed that evidence of such refusal shall be admissible and may be used against him in any criminal prosecution, refuses to submit to the designated test, the test shall not be given; provided, if the person refuses or is unable to submit to a blood test, the police officer shall designate the breath or urine test as the test to be taken.
(b) The provisions of this section shall not apply to any person whose physical condition is such that, according to competent medical advice, such test would be inadvisable.
(c) The state shall pay the reasonable charges of any physician who, at the request of a municipal police department, takes a blood sample for purposes of a test under this section.
(P.A. 89-388, S. 19, 27; P.A. 00-142, S. 4.)
History: P.A. 00-142 amended Subsec. (a) by adding reference to violation of Sec. 53-206d(b).

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Sec. 15-140r. Evidence of alcohol or drugs in blood. (a) In any criminal prosecution for violation of section 15-140l or 15-140n, subsection (a) of section 15-133 or subsection (b) of section 53-206d, evidence respecting the amount of alcohol or drug in the defendant's blood or urine at the time of the alleged offense, as shown by a chemical analysis of the defendant's breath, blood or urine shall be admissible and competent provided: (1) The defendant was afforded a reasonable opportunity to telephone an attorney prior to the performance of the test and consented to the taking of the test upon which such analysis is made; (2) a true copy of the report of the test result was mailed to or personally delivered to the defendant within twenty-four hours or by the end of the next regular business day, after such result was known, whichever is later; (3) the test was performed by or at the direction of a law enforcement officer according to methods and with equipment approved by the Department of Public Health and was performed by a person certified or recertified for such purpose by said department or recertified by persons certified as instructors by the Commissioner of Public Health. If a blood test is taken, it shall be on a blood sample taken by a person licensed to practice medicine and surgery in this state, a qualified laboratory technician, an emergency medical technician II or a registered nurse; (4) the device used for such test was checked for accuracy at the beginning of each workday and no later than the end of each workday by a person certified by the Department of Public Health; (5) an additional chemical test of the same type was performed and the device was checked for accuracy by a person certified or recertified by the Department of Public Health, at least thirty minutes after the initial test was performed, provided the results of the initial test shall not be inadmissible under this subsection if reasonable efforts were made to have such additional test performed in accordance with the conditions set forth in this subsection and such additional test was not performed or was not performed within a reasonable time, or the results of such additional test are not admissible for failure to meet a condition set forth in this subsection; and (6) evidence is presented which demonstrates that the test results and the analysis thereof accurately reflect the blood alcohol content at the time of the alleged offense.
(b) The Commissioner of Public Health shall ascertain the reliability of each method and type of device offered for chemical testing purposes of blood, of breath and of urine and certify those methods and types which he finds suitable for use in testing blood, testing breath and testing urine in this state. He shall adopt regulations governing the conduct of chemical tests, the operation and use of chemical test devices and the training, certification and annual recertification of operators of such devices as he finds necessary to protect the health and safety of persons who submit to chemical tests and to insure reasonable accuracy in testing results.
(c) If a person is charged with a violation of subsection (d) of section 15-133 the charge may not be reduced, nolled or dismissed unless the prosecuting authority states in open court his reasons for the reduction, nolle or dismissal.
(d) In any criminal prosecution for a violation of subsection (d) of section 15-133 evidence that the defendant refused to submit to a blood, breath or urine test requested in accordance with section 15-140q shall be admissible provided the requirements of subsection (a) of said section have been satisfied. If a case involving a violation of subsection (d) of section 15-133 is tried to a jury, the court shall instruct the jury as to any inference that may or may not be drawn from the defendant's refusal to submit to a blood, breath or urine test.
(P.A. 89-388, S. 20, 27; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 00-142, S. 5.)
History: P.A. 93-381 replaced department and commissioner of health services with department and commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 00-142 amended Subsec. (a) by adding reference to violation of Sec. 53-206d(b).

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Sec. 15-140s. Seizure and admissibility of chemical analysis of hospital blood sample of injured operator. Evidence respecting the amount of alcohol or drug in the blood of an operator of a vessel involved in an accident who has suffered or allegedly suffered physical injury in such accident, which evidence is derived from a chemical analysis of a blood sample taken from such person at a hospital after such accident, shall be competent evidence to establish probable cause for the arrest by warrant of such person for a violation of subsection (d) of section 15-133 and shall be admissible and competent in any subsequent prosecution thereof if: (1) The blood sample was taken in the regular course of business of the hospital for the diagnosis and treatment of such injury; (2) the blood sample was taken by a person licensed to practice medicine in this state, a qualified laboratory technician, an emergency technician II or a registered nurse; (3) a police officer has demonstrated to the satisfaction of a judge of the Superior Court that such officer has reason to believe that such person was operating a vessel while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drug, or both, and that the chemical analysis of such blood sample constitutes evidence of the commission of the offense of operating a vessel upon the waters of this state while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drug, or both, in violation of subsection (d) of section 15-133; and (4) such judge has issued a search warrant in accordance with section 54-33a authorizing the seizure of the chemical analysis of such blood sample.
(P.A. 89-388, S. 21, 27.)

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Sec. 15-140t. Immunity of person taking sample. A person qualified to withdraw blood or take a urine specimen or any hospital, laboratory or clinic employing or utilizing the services of such a person shall not incur any civil liability as a result of such activities if requested by a law enforcement officer acting in accordance with section 15-140q to withdraw blood or take a urine specimen, unless the actions of the person while performing such activities constitute gross negligence.
(P.A. 89-388, S. 22, 27.)

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Sec. 15-140u. Blood sample of body of deceased person. As part of the investigation of any boating accident resulting in a fatality, the Chief Medical Examiner or a deputy medical examiner, an associate medical examiner or a pathologist appointed pursuant to section 19a-405, or an authorized assistant medical examiner, shall order that a blood sample be taken from the body of any person who dies as a result of such accident. Such blood samples shall be examined for the presence and concentration of alcohol by the Division of Scientific Services within the Department of Public Safety or by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. To the extent provided by law, a blood or breath sample may also be obtained from any surviving operator of any vessel involved in such an accident. The blood samples obtained from the surviving operator shall be examined for the presence and concentration of alcohol and drugs by the Division of Scientific Services within the Department of Public Safety or by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The results from the examination of such samples shall be forwarded to the Commissioner of Environmental Protection. Nothing in this section or section 19a-406 shall be construed as requiring such medical examiner to perform an autopsy in connection with obtaining such blood samples.
(P.A. 89-388, S. 24, 27; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 99-218, S. 6, 16.)
History: P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 99-218 replaced the toxicological laboratory of the Department of Public Health with the Division of Scientific Services within the Department of Public Safety and replaced the Department of Public Health with the Department of Public Safety, effective July 1, 1999.
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PART III*
NUMBERING AND REGISTRATION OF VESSELS

*Cited. 198 C. 168, 179.
Cited (as Sec. 15-142 [sic] et seq.). 12 CA 417, 419, 420.

Sec. 15-141. Definitions. As used in this part, unless the context otherwise requires: "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Environmental Protection; "vessel" means every description of watercraft, other than a seaplane on water, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water, exclusive of any such watercraft used primarily for purposes of transporting commercial cargo; "motorboat" means any watercraft fitted with propulsion machinery, whether or not such machinery is the principal source of propulsion; "horsepower" means the rated brake horsepower of an engine at maximum operating revolutions per minute; "operate" means to navigate or otherwise use a vessel; "person" means any individual, partnership, firm, association, limited liability company, corporation or other entity; "owner" means a person, other than a lien holder, having property in or title to a vessel. The term includes a person entitled to use or possession of a vessel subject to an interest in another person reserved or created by agreement and securing payment or performance of an obligation, but the term excludes a lessee under a lease not intended as security; "marine dealer" means a person engaged in the business of manufacturing, selling or repairing new or used vessels having an established place of business for the sale, trade, display or repair of motorboats; "marine engine manufacturer" means a person engaged in the business of manufacturing, selling or repairing marine engines having an established place of business for the sale, trade, display or repair of marine engines; "marine engine" means an engine manufactured for use or used in vessels; "federal Boat Safety Act of 1971" means an Act of Congress approved August 10, 1971, Public Law 92-75.
(1961, P.A. 506, S. 1; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 384; P.A. 73-257, S. 7, 27; P.A. 74-302, S. 1, 3; P.A. 81-423, S. 2, 25; P.A. 82-472, S. 47, 183; P.A. 94-188, S. 27; P.A. 95-79, S. 46, 189.)
History: 1971 act replaced definition of "commission" with definition of "commissioner"; P.A. 73-257 defined "Federal Boat Safety Act of 1971"; P.A. 74-302 redefined "marine dealer" to include repairers of boats; P.A. 81-423 added definition of "vessel" and substituted "vessel" for "motorboat" wherever appropriate; P.A. 82-472 made technical corrections; P.A. 94-188 added definitions of "marine engine manufacturer" and "marine engine"; P.A. 95-79 redefined "person" to include a limited liability company, effective May 31, 1995.

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Sec. 15-142. Vessel numbering requirements. Certain vessels required to display registration decals. (a) Every vessel used upon the waters of this state shall be numbered, except as otherwise provided in this section and section 15-143. For purposes of this section and said section 15-143, any launching, mooring or operation of a vessel upon the waters of this state shall be deemed to be a use of such vessel upon the waters of this state. No person shall launch, moor or operate and no owner shall permit the launching, mooring or operation of any vessel unless (1) the owner holds a valid, effective certificate of number awarded by this state or by the United States or by another state pursuant to the provisions of the federal Boat Safety Act of 1971 and the identification number set forth in such certificate is displayed on each side of such vessel at the bow, (2) the owner holds a valid marine document issued by the United States Coast Guard or (3) such vessel is otherwise not required to be numbered in this state under the provisions of said section 15-143.
(b) Each vessel with respect to which the owner holds a valid marine document issued by the United States Coast Guard, a valid certificate of number awarded by the United States pursuant to the provisions of the federal Boat Safety Act of 1971 or a valid certificate of number awarded by another state, which vessel is used upon the waters of this state for more than sixty days in any calendar year, shall be required to display a Connecticut registration decal. No person shall launch, moor or operate and no owner shall permit the launching, mooring or operation of any such vessel unless (1) the owner holds a valid, effective certificate of registration awarded by this state and (2) the registration decal is displayed as directed by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, provided the requirements of this subsection shall not be applicable, in the period commencing on the first day of October in any year to and including the thirtieth day of April next succeeding, to any such vessel in use upon the waters of this state exclusively for purposes of delivery of such vessel to a facility in this state for storage, including dry storage and storage in water by means of apparatus preventing ice damage to the hull, maintenance or repair or the actual process of storage, maintenance or repair of such vessel.
(c) Violation of any provision of this section shall be an infraction.
(1961, P.A. 506, S. 8; 1967, P.A. 175, S. 2; P.A. 73-257, S. 8, 27; P.A. 76-381, S. 27; P.A. 81-423, S. 3, 25; P.A. 82- 283, S. 1, 4; 82-348, S. 5, 6; P.A. 83-253, S. 1, 3; 83-455, S. 2, 4.)
History: 1967 act required numbering of all motorboats, previous requirement applied only to those "of more than five horsepower"; P.A. 73-257 required numbering of boat before launching or mooring it as well as before operation and replaced "Federal Boating Act of 1958" with "Federal Boat Safety Act of 1971"; P.A. 76-381 stated that violation is an infraction; P.A. 81-423 replaced "motorboats" with "vessels" throughout and required all vessels on Connecticut waters to have a state certificate of registration and added Subsec. (b) requiring vessels with a certificate of number from the United States or another state to display a registration decal; P.A. 82-283 added provisions to require that a vessel, with respect to which the owner holds a valid marine document issued by the United states Coast Guard, shall not be required to display a number awarded by Connecticut, however, such vessel must display a Connecticut registration decal; P.A. 82-348 removed penalty provision from Subsec. (a) and placed in new Subsec. (c); P.A. 83-253 added language in Subsec. (a) concerning what shall be deemed the use of a vessel upon the waters of this state; P.A. 83-455 amended Subsec. (b) to provide that in the period from October first of any year to April thirtieth next following, inclusive, registration requirements shall not apply to any vessel on waters of state exclusively for purposes of delivery to a facility for storage, maintenance or repair, effective July 1, 1983, and applicable to such use of vessels on or after said date.
See chapter 881b re infractions of the law.
Cited. 198 C. 168−171, 175−179. Cited. 206 C. 253, 263.
Cited. 12 CA 417, 418, 421−423.
Subsec. (a):
Cited. 198 C. 168, 170.
Cited. 12 CA 417, 421. Cited. 20 CA 452, 454, 456.
Subsec. (b):
Cited. 198 C. 168, 170, 171, 175, 179.
Cited. 12 CA 417, 421. Cited. 20 CA 452, 454, 456.

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Sec. 15-143. Exceptions to numbering requirement. (a) Vessels of the following classes are not required to be numbered by this state: (1) Motorboats which have a valid marine document issued by the United States Coast Guard, provided the owner of any such vessel used upon the waters of this state for more than sixty days in any calendar year shall be required to comply with the registration requirements in section 15-144; (2) vessels owned in countries other than the United States temporarily using the waters of the state; (3) vessels owned by the United States, a state or a political subdivision of a state which are used in the performance of governmental functions; (4) vessels used exclusively as ships' lifeboats; (5) vessels belonging to any class which the Commissioner of Environmental Protection exempts upon finding that the numbering of such vessels does not materially aid in their identification; provided, the commissioner shall not exempt any such class of vessels which is subject to the provisions of the federal Boat Safety Act of 1971 and which has not been exempted therefrom under the provisions of Subsection (b) of Section 19 of said act; (6) vessels principally used in another state for which valid, effective certificates of number were awarded by the United States or by such other state pursuant to the provisions of the federal Boat Safety Act of 1971; provided, the owner of a vessel used upon the waters of this state for more than sixty days in any calendar year shall be required to comply with the registration requirements in section 15-144 and (7) any vessel less than nineteen and one-half feet in length which is not a motorboat as defined in section 15-141, and any vessel propelled solely by oar or paddle.
(b) Vessels, the sale or transfer of which is subject to the provisions of Section 37 of the Shipping Act, 1916, shall be numbered by this state only when such sale or transfer is approved by the United States Maritime Administration.
(1961, P.A. 506, S. 9, 10; P.A. 73-257, S. 9, 27; P.A. 81-423, S. 4, 25; P.A. 82-283, S. 2, 4; 82-436, S. 1, 11; 82-472, S. 32, 183; P.A. 83-253, S. 2, 3.)
History: P.A. 73-257 replaced U.S. Bureau of Customs with U.S. Coast Guard in Subsec. (a)(1), replaced "board" with "commissioner of environmental protection" in Subsec. (a)(5) and rephrased provisions, deleted provision re recording certificates from U.S. or other states before boat used in this state in Subdiv. (6) of Subsec. (a), added statement that boat used in state for more than sixty days a year deemed principally used in this state and replaced references to Federal Boating Act of 1958 with references to Federal Boat Safety Act of 1971; P.A. 81-423 exempted vessels under nineteen and one- half feet which are not motorboats and vessels propelled solely by oar or paddle from numbering requirement and substituted "vessels" for "motorboats" throughout section; P.A. 82-283 and 82-436 added provisions, in conformance with section 15-142, that vessel with marine document from United States Coast Guard is not required to be numbered in this state, however, if in state waters more than sixty days in any year, such vessel must be registered; P.A. 82-436 also added reference to "any canoe equipped with a motor the horsepower of which is less than five" in Subdiv. (7) of Subsec. (a); P.A. 82-472 removed provision re canoes added by P.A. 82-436; P.A. 83-253 added language in Subsec. (a) modifying references to use of any vessel so that the use referred to, for purposes of determining when registration is required, is the use of such vessel upon the waters of this state.
Cited. 198 C. 168, 170, 171.
Cited. 12 CA 417, 423.
Subsec. (a):
Subdiv. (6) cited. 198 C. 168, 171.
Subdiv. (6) cited. 12 CA 417, 421.

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Sec. 15-144. Vessel registration number or registration decal. Schedule of fees payable to Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. (a) Any owner desiring to obtain a vessel registration number or registration decal shall apply to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles and shall file evidence of ownership by affidavit or document. Upon receipt of an application in proper form and the numbering fee, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall assign a registration number or registration decal and provide the owner with a temporary certificate of number or temporary certificate of decal. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall issue two registration decals and a permanent certificate. A registration decal shall be displayed on each side of the vessel at the bow in a manner prescribed by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection. The certificate shall state the name of the owner, his address, a description of the vessel, its hull identification number, the expiration date of the certificate and such other information as the Commissioner of Environmental Protection may prescribe by regulations. Such certificate shall be carried aboard and shall be available for inspection upon the vessel for which it is issued whenever the owner or any person authorized by him is aboard such vessel, except that the certificate of number for a vessel which is less than twenty-six feet and which is rented for noncommercial purposes for less than twenty-four hours may be retained on shore by the owner of such vessel or his agent at the place where such vessel departs or returns. If such certificate is retained on shore, a rental agreement signed by the owner or his agent and by the person renting the vessel shall be carried aboard such vessel and shall be available for inspection. Such rental agreement shall contain the vessel number which appears on the certificate of number and the length of time for which such vessel is rented.
(b) (1) The owner shall pay a fee to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles for deposit with the State Treasurer for each vessel so numbered or registered in accordance with the following schedule and subdivisions of this subsection:

Overall LengthOverall Length
at least (feet) less than (feet) fee at least (feet) less than (feet) fee
12 $ 7.50 40 41 $270.00
12 13 11.25 41 42 292.50
13 14 15.00 42 43 315.00
14 15 18.75 43 44 322.50
15 16 22.50 44 45 330.00
16 17 30.00 45 46 337.50
17 18 37.50 46 47 345.00
18 19 45.00 47 48 352.50
19 20 52.50 48 49 360.00
20 21 60.00 49 50 367.50
21 22 67.50 50 51 375.00
22 23 75.00 51 52 382.50
23 24 82.50 52 53 390.00
24 25 90.00 53 54 397.50
25 26 97.50 54 55 405.00
26 27 105.00 55 56 412.50
27 28 112.50 56 57 420.00
28 29 120.00 57 58 427.50
29 30 127.50 58 59 435.00
30 31 135.00 59 60 442.50
31 32 142.50 60 61 450.00
32 33 150.00 61 62 457.50
33 34 157.50 62 63 465.00
34 35 165.00 63 64 472.50
35 36 172.50 64 65 480.00
36 37 180.00 65 and over 525.00
37 38 202.50
38 39 225.00
39 40 247.50

For purposes of this schedule "overall length" is the horizontal distance between the foremost part of the stem and the aftermost part of the stern, excluding bowsprits, bumpkins, rudders, outboard motor brackets and similar fittings or attachments. (2) The fee payable under this subsection with respect to any vessel used primarily for purposes of commercial fishing shall not exceed twenty-five dollars, provided in the tax year of the owner of such vessel ending immediately preceding the date of registration, not less than fifty per cent of the adjusted gross income of such owner as determined for purposes of the federal income tax is derived from commercial fishing, subject to proof satisfactory to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. (3) The fee payable under this subsection with respect to any vessel constructed primarily of wood, the construction of which is completed not less than fifteen years prior to the date such fee is paid, shall be in an amount equal to fifty per cent of the fee otherwise payable, or if such construction is completed not less than twenty-five years prior to the date such fee is paid, such fee shall be in an amount equal to twenty-five per cent of the fee otherwise payable. (4) Fees payable under this subsection shall not be required with respect to (A) any vessel owned by a flotilla of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary or owned by a nonprofit corporation acting on behalf of such a flotilla, provided no more than two vessels from any such flotilla or nonprofit corporation shall be granted such an exemption and (B) any vessel built by students in an educational institution and used for the purposes of such institution, including such research as may require the use of such vessel. (5) The fee payable under this subsection with respect to any pontoon boat, exclusive of any houseboat, shall be forty dollars. (6) The fee payable under this subsection with respect to any canoe with a motor or any vessel owned by a nonprofit organization shall be seven dollars and fifty cents. (7) The fee payable under this subsection with respect to any vessel less than fifteen feet in length equipped with a motor the horsepower of which is less than fifteen, shall be seven dollars and fifty cents. (8) The owner of any vessel used actively, as required under this subdivision, in operational activities of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary shall not be required to pay the applicable fee in accordance with the schedule in this subsection, provided (A) if the applicable fee under the schedule for such vessel is greater than one hundred eighty dollars, the owner shall be required to pay the amount of fee in excess of one hundred eighty dollars and (B) the owner shall not be entitled to exemption from the applicable fee as allowed in this subdivision for any vessel registration year unless the application for registration of such vessel includes a statement, certified by an officer of the United States Coast Guard, that in the preceding year such vessel was used actively in not less than three separate operational activities of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.
(c) The owner shall cause the registration number or registration decal to be displayed on each side of the vessel at the bow in such manner as the Commissioner of Environmental Protection prescribes. The number shall be maintained in a legible condition and shall be clearly visible and entirely unobscured. No number other than the registration number assigned by this state or by the United States or by another state pursuant to the provisions of the federal Boat Safety Act of 1971 shall be displayed on either side of a vessel at the bow.
(d) Each certificate of number and certificate of registration issued by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, shall expire on the last day of April of the year following its issuance. At least thirty days prior to the expiration date of each certificate, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall notify the owner of such expiration and the certificate may be renewed as prescribed by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles upon application and upon payment of the fee provided in subsection (b) of this section. The registration number assigned to a vessel shall remain the same so long as the vessel is registered in this state.
(e) (1) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may permit marine dealers, as defined in section 15-141, to assign registration numbers and issue temporary certificates of number upon the sale or transfer of a vessel. The dealer shall within ten days from the issuance of such temporary certificate submit to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles an application together with all necessary documents, information and fees for a permanent certificate of number for the vessel transfer.
(2) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may permit such marine dealers to issue temporary certificates of decal upon the sale or transfer of a documented vessel. The dealer shall within ten days from the issuance of such temporary certificate submit to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles an application together with all necessary documents, information and fees for a permanent certificate of decal with respect to such vessel.
(f) The Commissioner of Environmental Protection may require the owner of any vessel to submit as part of his application such information concerning waste discharges and onboard waste disposal systems as the Commissioner of Environmental Protection may prescribe by regulations. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall promptly forward to the Commissioner of Environmental Protection any such information submitted to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles as part of an application.
(g) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may adopt such regulations as are reasonably necessary to carry out his powers, duties and functions under this chapter.
(h) Any person who operates or any owner who permits the operation of a vessel on the waters of this state which has not been numbered or registered in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and any other applicable section of the general statutes, shall have committed a violation and shall be fined not less than twenty-five nor more than two hundred dollars for the first offense and for each subsequent offense shall be fined not less than two hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars. Any officer empowered to enforce the provisions of this chapter and any other applicable section of the general statutes who finds a vessel which is not numbered or registered in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and such discovery is subsequent to a violation of this chapter may make application to the court for a warrant to seize such vessel and take it into custody pending proof of payment of proper numbering or registration fees. No officer shall be liable for any act performed under the provisions of this subsection.
(1961, P.A. 506, S. 11; 1967, P.A. 175, S. 3; 1971, P.A. 668, S. 4; 872, S. 385; P.A. 73-257, S. 10, 27; P.A. 76-381, S. 28; P.A. 80-89; P.A. 81-423, S. 5, 25; P.A. 82-283, S. 3, 4; 82-348, S. 2, 6; 82-436, S. 2, 8−11; P.A. 83-266, S. 3, 4; P.A. 84-495, S. 1, 4; P.A. 86-270; P.A. 87-289, S. 1, 2; P.A. 88-316, S. 1, 2; P.A. 96-167, S. 48, 49.)
History: 1967 act added provisions re validation decals in Subsec. (a) and decreased fee from five to four dollars and replaced provisions re certificate expiration and renewal fee with new provisions which replace three-year validity term with one-year term and reduce fee from five to three dollars; 1971 acts replaced set fee of four dollars for all boats with schedule wherein fee depends on length of boat and replaced "commission", i.e. boating commission, with "commissioner", i.e. environmental protection commissioner; P.A. 73-257 made commissioner of motor vehicles, rather than town clerk and environmental protection commissioner, responsible for issuing identification numbers, deleted requirement that certificate be "pocket size", required that certificate be available for inspection when anyone is on board rather than when boat is in operation, revised fee provisions and designated them as Subsec. (b), relettering former Subsecs. (b) and (c) as (c) and (d), changed "Federal Boating Act of 1958" to "Federal Boat Safety Act of 1971" in Subsec. (c), formerly (b), deleted obsolete provision re licenses expiring on April 30, 1972, and provision for penalty of one-half of registration fee if renewal made after expiration date and allowed payment of tax in town where boat stored in Subsec. (d), formerly (c), and added Subsecs. (e) to (h); P.A. 76-381 replaced provision for twenty-five to fifty-dollar fine with statement that violation is an infraction in Subsec. (h); P.A. 80-89 added provisions in Subsec. (a) re retention of certificates on shore when boat is a rental boat; P.A. 81-423 replaced "motorboat" references with "vessel" references, and referred to registration numbers and decals rather than identification numbers, replaced schedule of fees for motorboats with schedule of fees for all vessels, deleted provisions re owner's option to pay tax in town of residence or town in which boat usually kept or operated in keeping with abolition of tax on vessels and added provision re temporary certificates, effective July 1, 1981, and applicable to registration fees for boat registration year commencing May 1, 1982, and thereafter; P.A. 82-283 added Subdiv. (4) to Subsec. (b) providing that fee requirements are not applicable to a vessel owned by a flotilla of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary or a nonprofit corporation acting on behalf of such a flotilla; P.A. 82-348 changed the penalty in Subsec. (h) from an infraction to a violation, applicable to the owner of any vessel operated in state waters without being numbered or registered as required in chapter 268 or any applicable section of the general statutes; P.A. 82-436 added Subdivs. (5), (6) and (7) to Subsec. (b), providing for an annual fee of forty dollars, applicable to any pontoon boat, exclusive of any houseboat, providing that the annual fee applicable to any canoe with a motor or any vessel owned by a nonprofit organization shall be fifteen dollars, and providing that the fee applicable to any vessel less than fifteen feet in length with a motor the horsepower of which is less than fifteen shall be ten dollars, and also amended Subsec. (d) to provide that the registration number assigned to a vessel shall remain the same so long as the vessel is registered in this state rather than so long as certificate of number is continually renewed; P.A. 83-266 included technical amendments in Subsec. (b), primarily concerning deletion of redundant references to certain subdivisions in said Subsec. (b); P.A. 84-495 amended Subsec. (b) by substituting a reduced schedule of fees for all vessels numbered or registered, effective June 11, 1984, and applicable to the boat registration year commencing May 1, 1985; P.A. 86-270 amended Subsec. (h) by adding provisions specifying penalty for subsequent offenses and re seizure of vessels; P.A. 87-289 amended Subsec. (b) by providing for exemption from registration fees for any vessel built by students in an educational institution and used for purposes of such institution, effective June 10, 1987, and applicable to the vessel registration year commencing May 1, 1987, and each such registration year thereafter; P.A. 88-316 amended Subsec. (b) to allow exemptions from the applicable fee for any vessel used in operational activities of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, provided the owner shall be required to pay any portion of the fee in excess of one hundred eighty dollars and such exemption shall not be allowed unless in the year preceding exemption the vessel was used actively in at least three such operational activities, effective June 6, 1988, and applicable to the vessel registration year commencing May 1, 1988, and each registration year thereafter; P.A. 96-167 amended Subsec. (b)(6) to reduce fee from fifteen dollars to seven dollars and fifty cents, effective July 1, 1996.
See chapter 54 re uniform administrative procedure.
See chapter 881b re infractions of the law.
Cited. 198 C. 168, 170, 172.
Cited. 12 CA 417, 423.
Subsec. (a):
Cited. 198 C. 168, 172, 175, 180, 181.
Cited. 12 CA 417, 421.
Subsec. (h):
Cited. 198 C. 168, 172.
Cited. 12 CA 417, 418, 420−422. Cited. 20 CA 452−454.

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Sec. 15-144a. Provision of information re registrants to tax assessors. Section 15-144a is repealed.
(1971, P.A. 668, S. 5; P.A. 73-257, S. 11, 27; P.A. 81-423, S. 24.)

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Sec. 15-145. Marine dealer's and marine engine manufacturer's registration numbers and certificates. Availability and renewal of certificates. Use of vessel. Restrictions. (a) A marine dealer or marine engine manufacturer may obtain one or more marine dealer's registration numbers upon application to the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, and upon payment of a fee of fifty dollars for each number. Such funds shall be deposited in the boating account of the Conservation Fund. Such application shall contain an affidavit stating that (1) such marine dealer is a person engaged in the business of manufacturing, selling or repairing new or used vessels and that such person has an established place of business for the sale, trade, display or repair of such vessels, or (2) such marine engine manufacturer is a person engaged in the business of manufacturing, selling or repairing marine engines and that such person has an established place of business for the sale, trade, display or repair of such engines. A marine dealer's or marine engine manufacturer's registration certificate shall be denominated as such and shall state the dealer's or engine manufacturer's name, residence address, business address, registration number, the expiration date of the certificate and such other information as the Commissioner of Environmental Protection may prescribe. The certificate, or a copy of the certificate, shall be carried aboard and shall be available for inspection upon each vessel which displays the dealer's registration number whenever such vessel is in operation. A number or certificate may not be used on more than one vessel at a time. Each certificate shall be renewed on the first day of May of the year following the date of issue and shall expire on the last day of April of the year following such renewal, unless sooner terminated or surrendered. At least thirty days prior to the expiration day of each certificate, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall notify each dealer and manufacturer of such expiration. Within ninety days before its expiration, each dealer's or manufacturer's certificate may be renewed upon application and upon payment of the fee provided in this section. Each registration number assigned to a marine dealer or marine engine manufacturer shall remain the same so long as such dealer or manufacturer continues, under the same name, in the business described in such dealer's or manufacturer's application affidavit as required pursuant to this subsection.
(b) A marine dealer's registration number shall be displayed in such manner as the Commissioner of Environmental Protection prescribes on vessels operated for the purpose of sale, trade, repair or transport and on any vessel sold by such dealer for not more than five days after the date of such sale, and on any vessel used by a marine engine manufacturer for the sole purpose of testing or demonstrating marine engines manufactured or repaired by such person. Any vessel displaying a marine dealer's registration number shall be presumed to be properly registered.
(c) No marine dealer or marine engine manufacturer may (1) rent, or allow or cause to be rented, (2) operate, or allow or cause to be operated, for hire, or (3) use, or allow or cause to be used, for the purpose of conveying passengers or merchandise or freight for hire, any vessel registered with a marine dealer's or marine engine manufacturer's number and certificate. No marine dealer or marine engine manufacturer may loan a number certificate to any person except (A) for the purpose of demonstrating a vessel; (B) when a vessel owned by or lawfully in the custody of such person is undergoing repairs; or (C) when such person has purchased a vessel, the registration of which has not yet been completed and in any case for not more than five consecutive days. Each marine dealer or marine engine manufacturer shall keep a record of each loaned number certificate showing the date loaned, the vessel hull identification number (HIN) of the vessel on which such number is displayed, the date returned and the name and address of the person operating any vessel with such loaned number certificate. Such dealer or engine manufacturer shall give a copy of this record to each person to whom such number certificate is loaned, which copy shall be carried in the vessel at all times when operated. This record shall be retained by the dealer or engine manufacturer for a period of six months from the date on which the number certificate was loaned and such record shall be available during business hours for examination by any police officer, marine officer or conservation officer.
(d) Any marine dealer may operate, or cause to be operated by a bona fide full-time employee, a vessel with a marine dealer's registration number (1) while a potential purchaser or customer is aboard, (2) when running a new vessel from an import terminal to the dealer's place of business, (3) when test running a new vessel after receiving it from the manufacturer, (4) when delivering a sold vessel to the new owner, (5) when running a trade-in vessel from a buyer, (6) when test running a trade-in vessel before it is made available for sale, (7) when running a vessel to, and using a vessel in, a fishing tournament, and (8) when test running a vessel after repairs, maintenance or winter storage. Each marine dealer shall maintain a record of the following: (A) Each marine number certificate issued by the commissioner to such dealer, (B) the name, address and occupation of any bona fide full-time employee to whom such certificate has been assigned, (C) the date of assignment of such certificate, and (D) the exact location of each unassigned certificate. For the purposes of this subsection, "bona fide full-time employee" means a person who is employed by a marine dealer for not less than thirty- five hours per week and who appears on the records of such marine dealer as an employee for whom tax is withheld for Social Security, federal income tax and any other withholding or deductions from salary required by law.
(e) No person may use a vessel with a marine dealer's or marine engine manufacturer's registration number for any purpose other than the purposes described in this section. The commissioner may revoke any marine dealer's or marine engine manufacturer's registration number under this section if any vessel with a number issued to such dealer or engine manufacturer is used in violation of this section.
(1961, P.A. 506, S. 12; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 386; P.A. 73-257, S. 12, 27; P.A. 74-302, S. 2, 3; P.A. 81-423, S. 6, 25; P.A. 82-436, S. 3, 11; P.A. 84-268, S. 4; P.A. 94-188, S. 28; P.A. 99-114.)
History: 1971 act replaced "commission", referring to boating commission, with "commissioner", referring to commissioner of environmental protection; P.A. 73-257 required that ID numbers be applied for to commissioner of motor vehicles rather than commissioner of environmental protection, increased fee from five to ten dollars, included commissioner of motor vehicles in provision re information on certificate and changed validity period from three years to one year in Subsec. (a) and made technical change to Subsec. (b) for clarity; P.A. 74-302 added provision re affidavit in Subsec. (a) and revised expiration provision in Subsec. (b) so that licenses expire on same date (last day of April) rather than one year from date of issue; P.A. 81-423 substituted "registration" for "identification" numbers and "vessels" for "motorboats" and raised fee from ten to fifteen dollars; P.A. 82-436 amended Subsec. (a) by requiring that applications by marine dealers for registration numbers are subject to approval by the commissioner of environmental protection, and increased fee for each such registration number from fifteen dollars to twenty-five dollars; P.A. 84-268 transferred authority to receive applications for registration numbers and to notify dealers of impending expiration dates from motor vehicles commissioner to environmental protection commissioner; P.A. 94-188 amended Subsec. (a) to add provisions re marine engine manufacturers and amended Subsec. (b) by deleting "solely" after "prescribes" and by including vessels used by marine engine manufacturers for the sole purpose of testing or demonstrating marine engines manufactured or repaired by them; P.A. 99-114 amended Subsec. (a) to increase the fee for a marine dealer or marine engine manufacturer registration number from twenty-five to fifty dollars, provide that such funds be deposited into the boating account of the Conservation Fund, provide for the carrying of a copy of the certificate, and provide that a number or certificate may not be used on more than one vessel at a time, amended Subsec. (b) to allow operation of vessels with such numbers for purposes of repair or transport and add provision re presumption that a vessel displaying a marine dealer's registration number is properly registered, and added Subsecs. (c), (d) and (e) re restrictions on use of vessels with such numbers.

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Sec. 15-145a. Marine dealer's registration numbers for boat trailers. (a) Each marine dealer, as defined in section 15-141, may make application to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles for a general distinguishing number and mark in lieu of registering each boat trailer owned by him or in his custody, and the commissioner may issue to the applicant a certificate or certificates of registration containing the distinguishing number and mark assigned to such applicant, and made in a form and containing any further information that the commissioner may require. Each such boat trailer owned by such applicant or temporarily in his custody shall be regarded as registered under and having assigned to it such general distinguishing number and mark until sold. Such application shall contain an affidavit stating that such dealer is a person engaged in the business of manufacturing, selling or repairing new or used vessels and that such person has an established place of business for the sale, trade, display or repair of such vessels. For the registration of all boat trailers registered under a general distinguishing number and mark, the commissioner shall charge a fee at the rate of fifty dollars per annum or any part thereof for each number plate furnished. The issuance of such registrations shall be in the sole discretion of the commissioner and may be recalled at any time for any reason or cause the commissioner deems sufficient.
(b) Each marine dealer who is in possession of one or more such registrations shall report such information to the tax assessor of the municipality wherein such dealer is located.
(P.A. 92-133, S. 6, 9.)

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Sec. 15-146. Notice of change of address. Within fifteen days after changing his address, the owner of a vessel with a registration number or registration decal issued by this state shall file with the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles notice in writing of such change. The owner's certificate of number or registration may be altered or the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may issue a new certificate to indicate the new address. Failure to file notice of change of address as required by this section shall be an infraction.
(1961, P.A. 506, S. 13; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 387; P.A. 73-257, S. 13, 27; P.A. 76-381, S. 29; P.A. 81-423, S. 7, 25.)
History: 1971 act replaced "commission", referring to boating commission, with "commissioner", referring to commissioner of environmental protection; P.A. 73-257 transferred duties of environmental protection commissioner under section to commissioner of motor vehicles; P.A. 76-381 made failure to give notice of address change an infraction; P.A. 81-423 inserted reference to vessel registration number or registration decal, replacing reference to "motorboats numbered" by state.
See chapter 881b re infractions of the law.

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Sec. 15-147. Termination of certificate of number upon transfer, destruction or abandonment of vessel. (a) The owner of a vessel which has been awarded a registration number or registration decal by this state shall notify the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles in writing within fifteen days of the transfer of all or any part of his interest in, other than the creation of a security interest, or of the theft, loss, destruction or abandonment of, such vessel and surrender with such notice his certificate of number. Any such transfer, theft, loss, destruction or abandonment shall terminate said certificate.
(b) Any person who transfers to another ownership of a vessel numbered by this state or a vessel having been awarded a registration decal by this state or who presents evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that such vessel has been stolen, lost or destroyed, may, upon surrendering the outstanding certificate of number or certificate of decal and upon application and payment of a fee of one dollar, have another vessel numbered in his name for the remainder of the numbering period, or may have another registration decal issued in his name for the remainder of the registration period, provided if the numbering fee or registration decal fee in accordance with the provisions of section 15-144 is greater for such other vessel to be numbered or to obtain a registration decal than the fee paid for said registration period with respect to the vessel transferred, such person shall pay a fee in addition to said one dollar, equal to the registration fee in said section 15-144 for such other vessel to be numbered or to receive a registration decal minus the amount of such fee paid for said registration period with respect to the vessel transferred.
(c) Violation of any provision of this section shall be an infraction.
(d) Any person, who for reasons acceptable to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, requests a change in the type of registration issued for a vessel owned by such person, from a registration number to a registration decal, or from a registration decal to a registration number, may, upon surrendering the outstanding registration and payment of a fee of three dollars, have the new registration for such vessel issued in such person's name for the remainder of the registration period.
(1961, P.A. 506, S. 14; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 388; P.A. 73-257, S. 14, 27; P.A. 76-381, S. 30; P.A. 81-423, S. 8, 25; P.A. 82-436, S. 4, 11; P.A. 89-23.)
History: 1971 act replaced "commission", referring to boating commission, with "commissioner", referring to commissioner of environmental protection; P.A. 73-257 required notification of commissioner of motor vehicles rather than environmental protection commissioner and required notification of theft or loss in Subsec. (a) and added proviso in Subsec. (b); P.A. 76-381 added Subsec. (c) making violation an infraction; P.A. 81-423 inserted references in appropriate places to registration number or registration decal, replacing reference to motorboats "numbered" by state; P.A. 82-436 added Subsec. (d) providing that with approval of commissioner of motor vehicles any owner of a vessel may change the type of registration issued, whether registration number or registration decal, to the other type upon payment of a fee of three dollars; P.A. 89-23 amended Subsec. (b) to include persons who present satisfactory evidence that the vessel has been stolen, lost or destroyed.
See chapter 881b re infractions of the law.

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Sec. 15-148. Duplicate certificate. If a valid certificate of number or registration is lost, mutilated or destroyed, the owner shall notify the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles in writing within fifteen days. The owner may obtain a duplicate certificate upon application to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles and upon payment of a fee of one dollar.
(1961, P.A. 506, S. 15; P.A. 73-257, S. 15, 27; P.A. 81-423, S. 9, 25.)
History: P.A. 73-257 required notification of lost, mutilated or destroyed certificate within fifteen days and replaced town clerk with commissioner of motor vehicles and made provisions applicable to valid certificates only; P.A. 81-423 inserted reference to registration.

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Sec. 15-149. Accident reports. Section 15-149 is repealed.
(1961, P.A. 506, S. 16; 1967, P.A. 184, S. 1; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 389; P.A. 73-257, S. 16, 27; P.A. 76-381, S. 31; P.A. 87-505, S. 8, 9.)

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Sec. 15-149a. Reporting of accidents. Responsibilities of towboat operators. (a) Any person operating a vessel upon the waters of this state which vessel is in any manner involved in an accident in which any person dies, is injured so as to require medical attention, or disappears, shall immediately notify the nearest law enforcement agency and, within forty-eight hours after such accident, report the matter in writing to the Commissioner of Environmental Protection. The report shall be on a form prescribed by the commissioner and shall state as accurately as possible the time, place and cause of such accident, the injuries occasioned by the accident and any other facts the commissioner deems necessary. If such operator is physically incapable of notifying the nearest law enforcement agency or of making such report and there is another participant or passenger in the accident not incapacitated, such participant or passenger shall immediately notify the nearest law enforcement agency and make the report to the commissioner within forty-eight hours after such accident. Any person operating a vessel upon the waters of this state which is in any manner involved in an accident in which the total damages to all property affected by such accident, including property of such operator, is in excess of five hundred dollars, shall, within five days after such accident, report the matter in writing to the commissioner on such forms as said commissioner may prescribe. If there is no person other than the owner capable of making such report or if the report has not been submitted and the owner of such vessel is not incapacitated, such owner shall, within five days after learning of the facts of such accident, report the matter to the commissioner, on such forms as said commissioner may prescribe. Any such operator of a vessel, or surviving participant or passenger in any such accident, or the owner of the vessel involved in any such accident, shall provide any other information or additional report as the commissioner shall require. Failure of any person to comply with any provision of this subsection shall be an infraction.
(b) Except in an emergency, no vessel towboat operator who for a fee or other compensation conducts vessel towing services for recreational boaters shall take under tow any vessel which has been involved in a boating accident or has been abandoned without first notifying federal, state or municipal law enforcement authorities and the owner of the vessel. In the event circumstances are such that the vessel should be immediately towed to safety to prevent loss of the vessel or injury to passengers, the towboat operator shall immediately notify such authorities upon reaching safe harbor. Failure to notify law enforcement authorities and the vessel owner as required by the provisions of this subsection shall be an infraction.
(P.A. 87-505, S. 3, 9; P.A. 96-82; 96-118, S. 6.)
History: P.A. 96-82 amended Subsec. (a) to provide for more detailed procedures for reporting of boating accidents and added Subsec. (b) re responsibilities of vessel towboat operators in postaccident towing; P.A. 96-118 amended Subsec. (a) to make a minor grammatical correction.

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Sec. 15-149b. Reporting of accidents involving death, injury or disappearance. Report of interviews. (a) Any law enforcement officer, fire department personnel, rescue service personnel, emergency medical technician or other emergency response official who receives the initial report of a boating accident in which a person is killed or injured or disappears from on board under circumstances suggesting a possibility of death or injury shall immediately notify the Commissioner of Environmental Protection. The commissioner shall investigate any accident resulting in the death or disappearance of any person. The commissioner shall investigate any accident resulting in serious injury when he deems such an investigation to be necessary.
(b) On and after July 7, 1987, any officer authorized to enforce the provisions of this chapter who interviews participants or witnesses at the time or scene of a boating accident for which a report is required pursuant to section 15-149a shall submit a copy of the report of the interviews to the Commissioner of Environmental Protection. The report shall contain the names of the persons and vessels involved, all information necessary to determine the cause of the accident, the conditions at the time of the accident and the enforcement action taken. The report shall be on forms prescribed by the commissioner and shall be submitted not more than five days after the completion of the interviews.
(P.A. 87-505, S. 4, 9; P.A. 97-72, S. 3, 4.)
History: P.A. 97-72 divided section into Subsecs., designated existing language as Subsec. (b) and inserted new language as Subsec. (a) re reporting and investigation of accidents involving death, injury or disappearance, effective May 27, 1997.

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Sec. 15-150. Rental of vessels. (a) Each boat liveryman shall keep a record of the name and address of every person who rents a vessel, the registration number thereof, if applicable, the departure date and time and the expected time of return. The record shall be preserved for at least one year.
(b) Neither the owner nor any agent or employee of a boat livery shall permit any vessel which is rented to depart from the livery premises unless it is provided, either by the owner or lessee, with such safety devices and equipment as may be required by law.
(c) Violation of any provision of this section shall be an infraction.
(1961, P.A. 506, S. 17; 1969, P.A. 100, S. 1; P.A. 76-381, S. 32; P.A. 81-423, S. 10, 25.)
History: 1969 act made provisions applicable to all vessels rather than to motorboats; P.A. 76-381 added Subsec. (c) making violation an infraction; P.A. 81-423 replaced reference to identification number with reference to registration number in Subsec. (a).
See Sec. 15-129 re required safety devices and equipment.
See chapter 881b re infractions of the law.

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Sec. 15-150a. Any facility mooring or storing vessels required to maintain record of vessels not registered in Connecticut. Each boat yard, public or private marina or other entity renting or leasing slips, dry storage, mooring or other space for vessels during the period from April fifteenth to October fifteenth, inclusive, in any year shall maintain a list of all such vessels not registered in Connecticut. Each yacht club, boat club or other group assigning slips or moorings for vessels as part of membership rights shall maintain a list of all such vessels not registered in Connecticut. Each condominium or cooperative marina shall maintain a list of all such vessels not registered in Connecticut. Said list shall be compiled on forms furnished by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection and shall contain with respect to each such vessel (1) the name of the vessel, (2) the state of registration or documentation, (3) the registration number, (4) the name and address of the entity renting or using space and (5) such other information as the commissioner deems necessary. Transient vessels are not required to be included in such lists. Such lists shall be available during normal business hours for inspection by any boating law enforcement officer. Any boat yard, public or private marina, condominium or other entity renting, leasing or controlling slips, dry storage, moorings or other spaces for vessels during the period of any year from April fifteenth to October fifteenth, or any yacht club, boat club or cooperative or other group assigning slips or moorings for vessels as part of membership rights, which fails to maintain the lists required in this section or fails to make the same available for inspection by any boating law enforcement officer shall have committed a violation and shall be fined two hundred dollars.
(P.A. 81-423, S. 21, 25; P.A. 82-348, S. 4, 6; P.A. 83-455, S. 3, 4; P.A. 84-546, S. 48, 173.)
History: P.A. 82-348 applied provisions to condominium and cooperative marinas, added a penalty provision under which any facility providing space for mooring or storage of vessels which fails to maintain the list required in this section shall have committed a violation and shall be fined two hundred dollars; P.A. 83-455 provided that such lists shall be compiled on forms furnished by commissioner of environmental protection, and in addition to information already required, shall contain such information as said commissioner deems necessary; P.A. 84-546 made technical changes.

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Sec. 15-151. Records of Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. Remission and report of fees. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall keep a record of all registration numbers assigned by him and of all certificates of number and certificates of registration recorded with him. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall remit monthly to the treasurer of the state all registration fees paid to him and he shall report to the Commissioner of Environmental Protection monthly for all fees so remitted.
(1961, P.A. 506, S. 18; 1963, P.A. 564, S. 1; 1967, P.A. 132; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 390; P.A. 73-257, S. 17, 27; P.A. 81- 423, S. 11, 25.)
History: 1963 act provided clerk should forward applications and notices monthly instead of weekly and remit fees to treasurer monthly instead of quarterly; 1967 act deleted clause calling for deposit of registration fees in general fund; 1971 act replaced "commission", referring to boating commission, with "commissioner", referring to commissioner of environmental protection; P.A. 73-257 made commissioner of motor vehicles responsible for record-keeping, deleted provisions re reports to environmental protection commissioner except for monthly reports of fees and deleted Subsec. (b) re assessment of recording fee by town clerk; P.A. 81-423 replaced reference to identification numbers with reference to registration numbers and added reference to certificates of registration.

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Sec. 15-152. False statement, penalty. Every statement made in an application, notice or report required by this part shall be upon oath or affirmation. Any person who knowingly makes a material false statement, in addition to such other penalty as may be imposed by law, shall be subject to the cancellation of his certificate of number or certificate of registration and registration number.
(1961, P.A. 506, S. 19; P.A. 81-423, S. 12, 25.)
History: P.A. 81-423 inserted reference to certificate of registration and replaced "identification" number with "registration" number.

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Sec. 15-153. Alteration or defacing of certificate of number or registration or alteration, removal or obliteration of number displayed on vessel. No person shall alter or deface a certificate of number or registration or alter, remove or obliterate the number displayed on a vessel. Violation of any provision of this section shall be an infraction.
(1961, P.A. 506, S. 20; P.A. 76-381, S. 33; P.A. 81-423, S. 13, 25.)
History: P.A. 76-381 stated that violation is an infraction; P.A. 81-423 inserted changes consistent with those in other sections of the act, replacing identification numbers with registration numbers and "motorboat" with "vessel".
See chapter 881b re infractions of the law.

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Sec. 15-154. Enforcement. (a) Any harbor master, deputy harbor master, conservation officer, special conservation officer or state police officer and any municipal police officer, any special police officer appointed under sections 29-18 and 29-19 or members of the volunteer police auxiliary force established under section 29-22, any town marine officers appointed under section 15-154a and certified by the commissioner for marine police duty and any lake patrolman appointed under section 7-151b may enforce the provisions of this chapter and chapter 446k. In the enforcement of this chapter, such officer may arrest, without previous complaint and warrant, any person who fails to comply with the provisions of this chapter. Failure to appear in court pursuant to such arrest, unless excused by the court or the state's attorney or assistant state's attorney, shall constitute sufficient cause for the suspension by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles of the boat registration of the boat involved for not more than thirty days or until the matter is resolved by the court, whichever is sooner.
(b) When engaged in the enforcement of this chapter and chapter 446k such officer shall have the authority to stop and board any vessel which is under way or which is moored on the waters of this state for the purposes of (1) examining decals, certificates and other documents, (2) inspecting safety equipment and waste disposal systems, (3) determining if the operation of such vessel exceeds the noise levels established in subsection (b) of section 15-129, (4) searching when he has probable cause to believe that any provision of any law of this state or any rule or regulation of the Department of Environmental Protection relating to boating or water pollution has been violated, (5) determining compliance with subsection (d) of section 15-133, when he has probable cause to believe said section has been violated, and (6) making arrests. No person operating a vessel shall refuse to stop his vessel or, if sea conditions make stopping in that area unsafe, refuse to take his vessel to a designated area after being requested or signalled to do so by an authorized law enforcement officer. Any person operating a vessel who refuses to stop or refuses to take his vessel to the designated area shall have committed an infraction. Any person, when signalled to stop by an officer in a law enforcement vessel using an audible signal device or flashing blue lights, who operates his vessel in disregard of such signal so as to (A) interfere with or endanger the operation of the law enforcement vessel or any other vessel, (B) endanger or cause damage to property or person or (C) increase speed in an attempt to escape or elude such law enforcement officer shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars for a first offense and for any subsequent offense shall be fined not less than five hundred dollars nor more than one thousand dollars. Proof of the registration number of the vessel shall be prima facie evidence in any prosecution that the owner was the operator.
(c) The Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall publish an enforcement manual, conduct training and educational sessions, serve as liaison between the enforcement groups and the Superior Court and shall be generally responsible for the overall coordination of enforcement.
(1961, P.A. 506, S. 21; 1963, P.A. 552, S. 2; 1967, P.A. 170, S. 1; 1969, P.A. 219, S. 1; 1971, P.A. 54, S. 2; 872, S. 391; P.A. 73-257, S. 18, 27; P.A. 74-183, S. 205, 291; P.A. 76-381, S. 34; 76-436, S. 175, 681; P.A. 81-423, S. 14, 25; P.A. 82-472, S. 38, 48, 183; P.A. 84-268, S. 2; P.A. 87-505, S. 2, 9; P.A. 89-388, S. 9, 23, 27.)
History: 1963 act added volunteer police auxiliary force member to Subsec. (a); 1967 act substituted "chapter" for "part", amended Subsec. (b) to allow boarding of boat operated in reckless manner, to expand provisions re stopping boat when signalled to do so and to include provision for fine and added Subsec. (c) re enforcement by boat safety commission; 1969 act provided in Subsec. (a) for suspension of registration for failure to appear in court; 1971 acts allowed enforcement of chapter provisions by town marine officer and replaced "boating commission" and "commission" with "commissioner" referring to commissioner of environmental protection; P.A. 73-257 gave enforcement power to special police officer, extended enforcement to part II of chapter 474 and chapter 474a, replaced references to summons with references to arrest powers, gave power to suspend registration to motor vehicles commissioner rather than environmental protection commissioner and deleted provision which allowed arrest only on court order or warrant issued by prosecuting officer and amended Subsec. (b) to allow officer to stop boats as specified, replacing requirement that patrols be made only in marked police vessels and that vessels be stopped only if ID number not displayed or if boat is operated recklessly; P.A. 74-183 replaced circuit court with court of common pleas in Subsec. (c); P.A. 76-381 replaced provision for fifty dollar maximum fine in Subsec. (b) with statement that violator deemed to have committed an infraction; P.A. 76-436 replaced "prosecutor" with "state's attorney" or "assistant state's attorney" in Subsec. (a) and replaced court of common pleas with superior court in Subsec. (c), effective July 1, 1978; P.A. 81-423 inserted "vessel" in lieu of "motorboat" where appropriate in Subsec. (b); P.A. 82-472 divided Subsec. (b) into Subdivs. and made other technical corrections; P.A. 84-268 amended Subsec. (b) by inserting Subdiv. (3) authorizing an officer to stop and board vessels to determine compliance with noise level standards and renumbered the remaining Subdivs. accordingly; P.A. 87-505 amended Subsec. (b) by adding provision re penalty failure to stop a vessel and substituted reference to searching with "probable cause" for reference to searching without a warrant; P.A. 89-388 amended Subsec. (a) to authorize lake patrolmen to enforce boating law and water pollution control law and amended Subsec. (b) by adding Subdiv. (5) re probable cause for violations of Sec. 15-133 and renumbering the remaining Subdiv. accordingly.
See chapter 881b re infractions of the law.
Cited. 224 C. 29, 37.

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Sec. 15-154a. Town marine officers and auxiliaries. (a) The selectmen of any town may appoint for such length of time as they determine such number of special constables to be called town marine officers as they deem necessary to enforce the provisions of this chapter, section 53-134, subsection (b) of section 53a-119b and section 53a-182 on any body of water that lies wholly or partially within the jurisdiction of the town, and the provisions of section 22a-250 on any body of water that lies wholly or partially within the jurisdiction of the town or upon land adjacent to such body of water and within the jurisdiction of the town.
(b) The selectmen of any town may appoint for such length of time as they determine town marine auxiliaries to the municipal police. Such auxiliaries may monitor any body of water wholly or partially within the jurisdiction of the town or land adjacent to such body of water for compliance with the provisions of this chapter, section 53-134, subsection (b) of section 53a-119b and section 53a-182, provided such auxiliaries shall not have the power to arrest any person and shall not be considered peace or police officers. The Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall develop a training program for such auxiliaries.
(1971, P.A. 54, S. 1; P.A. 73-257, S. 19, 27; P.A. 75-87; P.A. 79-166; P.A. 80-341, S. 1; P.A. 86-89, S. 1, 4; P.A. 98-200.)
History: P.A. 73-257 deleted provision re training and supervision of constables by commissioner of environmental protection; P.A. 75-87 added reference to Sec. 22a-27d; P.A. 79-166 qualified enforcement power with respect to Sec. 22a-27d and added reference to Sec. 53a-182; P.A. 80-341 added reference to Subsec. (b) of Sec. 53a-119b; P.A. 86-89 added reference to Sec. 53-134 and substituted reference to Sec. 22a-250 for reference to Sec. 22a-27d; P.A. 98-200 added Subsec. (b) re town marine auxiliaries.

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Sec. 15-154b. Violation on waters between towns. Whenever any person or persons are committing a violation of the state boating laws or regulations, on that portion of any waters lying between two or more towns, any officer of either town, empowered to enforce the provisions of this chapter, or other persons of either town who are authorized to make arrests for such violations shall have authority to make arrests on any portion of any such waters lying between such towns.
(P.A. 73-257, S. 24, 27; P.A. 75-567, S. 25, 80.)
History: P.A. 75-567 deleted reference to officers' authority to take violator to proper circuit court for prosecution.

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Sec. 15-154c. Attachment of property of town marine officer prohibited. No attachments shall be made against the real or personal property of any town marine officer appointed in accordance with section 15-154a for any actions taken in the performance of his duties.
(P.A. 77-433.)

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Sec. 15-155. Fees for numbering and registration of vessels. Certain amounts to be allocated to boating account and additional amounts to towns, in lieu of property tax on vessels. (a) All revenue received by the state, annually, for the twelve-month period from November first to October thirty-first, inclusive, in fees for the numbering and registration of vessels under section 15-144 shall be paid to the Treasurer and allocated and distributed as follows: (1) The first one million dollars, and any balance in excess of the amounts required under subdivision (2) of this subsection, shall be deposited in the Conservation Fund and credited to the separate account known as the boating account and (2) an amount equal to the amount of property tax paid on vessels on the assessment list of October 1, 1978, in each town, as defined in section 15-127, to the extent such revenue is sufficient, shall be distributed to such towns in lieu of property tax on vessels in the manner set forth and as determined by section 15-155b. The boating account shall be an account of the Conservation Fund. In the event that total revenue from such fees for any period of twelve months from November first to October thirty- first next following, inclusive, is less than the amount necessary to credit the sum of one million dollars to the boating account, as provided under subdivision (1) of this subsection, and make such distribution equivalent to the total of certain property taxes paid on vessels in each town, as provided under subdivision (2) of this subsection, the additional amount necessary to provide for such credit and payment in full shall be allocated for such purpose from any unallocated funds in the boating account, as determined immediately following the end of such period of twelve months.
(b) The boating account shall be used for the following purposes: (1) All expenses incurred by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles and the Commissioner of Environmental Protection in the administration and enforcement of this part and the laws and regulations of the state respecting boating safety and water pollution from vessels, and any payments in accordance with subsection (a) of this section that may be necessary for purposes of the distribution to towns in lieu of property tax on vessels. (2) Expenditures for boating safety, boating education, marine patrols and enforcement training programs, and for the acquisition, construction, maintenance and improvement of recreational and navigational facilities related to boating. (3) Any town which incurs expenses in the enforcement of this part or any law or regulation of the state respecting boating safety, vessel theft prevention or recovery, search and rescue or water pollution from vessels shall be entitled to reimbursement from such moneys in said account as are not provided for under subdivision (2) of this subsection. On or before the first day of December each year, each town desiring such reimbursement shall submit its request to the Commissioner of Environmental Protection with a verified statement of expenses so incurred during the preceding year. Upon receipt of such request on a form prescribed by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection said commissioner shall allow such expenses as he finds were reasonable and necessary and shall certify such amounts to the Comptroller for payment to the requesting town. If funds are insufficient to reimburse in full each town so applying, reimbursement shall be made on a pro rata basis. The determination of the amounts available for reimbursement under this subsection shall be made by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection annually in the month of November. (4) The balance of such revenue remaining after payment of the foregoing expenses shall be allocated for use of the several towns for boating safety education and for the construction, maintenance and improvement of boating facilities. Any town desiring to obtain such funds shall apply to the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, giving such information about the proposed use as he may require. Said commissioner may approve payment to any municipality, in amounts not exceeding two thousand dollars per town per year, upon satisfactory evidence that the proposed use has been approved as prescribed by law by the legislative body of the requesting town, that it is needed for the safety or convenience of the boating public, that it is not in conflict with any program planned or undertaken by any agency of the state and that it will not adversely affect any privately-owned and operated boating facility.
(c) The Commissioners of Environmental Protection and Motor Vehicles shall annually on or before December thirty-first, submit separate reports to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to state finance, revenue and bonding, on the operation of the boating account. The report shall contain a detailed statement of expenditures related to each of the purposes set forth in subsection (b) for the twelve-month period ending October thirty-first, a projected budget for such purposes for the next succeeding twelve-month period and recommendations, if any, concerning the operation of the account and the boating safety and enforcement programs.
(1961, P.A. 506, S. 22; 1963, P.A. 564, S. 2; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 392; P.A. 73-257, S. 20, 27; P.A. 76-365, S. 1, 2; P.A. 81-423, S. 15, 25; P.A. 82-436, S. 5, 11; 82-472, S. 49, 183; P.A. 83-266, S. 1, 4; 83-587, S. 30, 96; P.A. 84-495, S. 2, 4; P.A. 86-418, S. 2, 3; P.A. 94-130, S. 10.)
History: 1963 act provided revenue be maintained in separate fund, that ten per cent be retained against future administrative expenses and that town reimbursement should be only from the balance, and it further provided for pro rata reimbursement of towns where funds were insufficient to pay in full and stated that amounts available for reimbursement to be made from balance remaining after fiscal year in Subdiv. (2); 1971 act replaced "commission", referring to boating commission, with "commissioner", referring to commissioner of environmental protection; P.A. 73-257 clarified expenses which may be incurred, added reference to commissioner of motor vehicles and replaced "commissioner" with "commissioner of environmental protection" to avoid confusion; P.A. 76-365 amended Subdiv. (a) to add proviso re confidentiality of information; P.A. 81-423 provided for allocation of vessel registration fees for purposes of administration and enforcement of registration requirements, boating safety and the distribution to towns in lieu of property tax on vessels and added Subsec. (c) re disposition of balance remaining after distribution requirements met, effective July 1, 1981, and applicable in any municipality to assessment year commencing October 1, 1981, and thereafter; P.A. 82-436 amended Subsec. (a) by (1) increasing the amount credited to the boating fund annually from six hundred thousand to eight hundred thousand dollars and (2) adding reference to the definition in Sec. 15-127 with respect to "town" as used in this section and amended Subsec. (c) by eliminating the refund provision which would have been implemented in the event funds from fee collection were available after distributions in accordance with Subsecs. (a) and (b), resulting in distribution of the entire amount of any such excess in accordance with the credit procedure in Subsec. (c); P.A. 82-472 made a technical correction; P.A. 83-266 amended Subsec. (b) to provide that determination of the amount in boating fund available for reimbursement to towns for expenses incurred in enforcement of boating laws shall be made by commissioner of environmental protection annually in November; P.A. 83-587 made technical change; P.A. 84-495 provided that (1) the first one million dollars in fees for the numbering and registration of vessels in any year shall be allocated to the boating fund and (2) the system of credits against future registrations be deleted in Subsec. (c) and in lieu thereof annual reports are to be required from the commissioners of environmental protection and motor vehicles concerning the operation and financial status of the boating fund; P.A. 86-418 amended Subsec. (a) to authorize allocation of amounts from unallocated funds of the boating fund if fees paid are less than the amounts specified in Subdivs. (1) and (2) of this Subsec., and amended Subsec. (b) to authorize expenditures from the boating fund for (1) payments for distribution to towns in lieu of property taxes on vessels and (2) boating education and marine patrols, effective June 10, 1986, with respect to fiscal years ending on or after October 31, 1985, for boat registration fees; P.A. 94-130 changed name of fund from "boating fund" to "boating account" and made said account an account of the Conservation Fund.

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Sec. 15-155a. Annual report of receipts from vessel registration fees and payments therefrom. The Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall submit to the Comptroller annually, not later than the first day of December, a report for the fiscal year ending immediately preceding with respect to the account under section 15-155, including a statement as to all revenue received for deposit therein and all expenditures therefrom in such fiscal year.
(P.A. 81-423, S. 20, 25.)
History: In 1997 a reference to boating "fund" was changed editorially by the Revisors to "account" to conform section with Sec. 15-155.

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Sec. 15-155b. State distribution of revenue from fees for vessel registration. (a) An amount equivalent to all revenue deposited with the State Treasurer from fees paid for vessel registration numbers or registration decals in accordance with section 15-144 in the period from the first day of November each year to and including the thirty-first day of October next succeeding, commencing November 1, 1981, shall be distributed as provided in section 15-155, provided for purposes of determining such amount for the period from November 1, 1981, to October 31, 1982, inclusive, such revenue received in the period from July 1, 1981, to October 31, 1981, shall be considered as revenue received in said period commencing November 1, 1981. The portion of such total amount of distribution to be paid to towns under the provisions of subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of said section 15-155 shall be distributed in accordance with a formula under which each town shall receive a proportionate part of the distribution determined by a ratio, the numerator of which shall be the total property taxes paid with respect to vessels on the assessment list of October 1, 1978, in such town and the denominator of which shall be the total property taxes paid in all towns with respect to vessels on their assessment lists of October 1, 1978.
(b) For purposes of determining the amount of distribution to each town in accordance with subsection (a) of this section, the assessor in each town shall, not later than October 1, 1981, submit to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management a statement as to the amount of property tax paid in such town with respect to vessels on the assessment list of October 1, 1978, including such supporting evidence as may be requested by said secretary. Not later than the first day of December each year, commencing December 1, 1994, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall certify to the Comptroller the amount of payment to each town related to the portion of such revenue to be distributed in accordance with said subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of said section 15-155 and the Comptroller shall draw an order on the Treasurer for the amount as determined for each town not later than the fifteenth day of December next following. The Treasurer shall pay such amount to each town not later than the thirtieth day of December next following. "Town", whenever used in this section refers to any town as defined in section 15-127.
(P.A. 81-423, S. 19, 25; P.A. 82-436, S. 6, 11; P.A. 83-266, S. 2, 4; P.A. 94-65, S. 3, 4.)
History: P.A. 81-423 effective July 1, 1981, and applicable in any municipality to the assessment year commencing October 1, 1981, and thereafter; P.A. 82-436 changed "municipality" to "town" wherever applicable and added reference to the appropriate definition of "town" at the end of Subsec. (b); P.A. 83-266 made technical corrections in Subsec. (b), inserting "town" in lieu of "municipality" where applicable; P.A. 94-65 amended Subsec. (b) by transferring on and after December 1, 1994, certification of the amount of payment to each town from the secretary of the office of policy and management to the commissioner of motor vehicles, effective May 19, 1994; in 1997 the phrase "Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles" was replaced editorially by the Revisors with "Commissioner of Motor Vehicles" for consistency with customary statutory usage.

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Sec. 15-155c. Registration fees collected in 1982 exceeding amounts distributed to Boating Fund and towns to be allowed as credits against fees payable in 1983. Section 15-155c is repealed.
(P.A. 81-423, S. 23, 25; P.A. 82-436, S. 7, 11; P.A. 84-495, S. 3, 4.)

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Sec. 15-156. Penalties. (a) Any person who violates any provision of this part for which a penalty is not provided shall have committed an infraction.
(b) Any person convicted of reckless operation of a vessel in the first or second degree while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, or both, in violation of section 15-140l or 15-140n, in addition to any penalties imposed in accordance with said sections or section 15-140o may be prohibited by the court having jurisdiction of such violation from operating any vessel on any waters of this state for a period of not more than two years. Notice of such suspension shall be transmitted forthwith by the court to the Commissioner of Environmental Protection and the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. Any person who operates a vessel in violation of such a prohibition shall be fined two hundred dollars.
(1961, P.A. 506, S. 23; P.A. 73-257, S. 21, 27; P.A. 81-423, S. 16, 25; P.A. 82-223, S. 27; 82-348, S. 3, 6; P.A. 89- 388, S. 16, 27.)
History: P.A. 73-257 added Subsec. (e) re suspension of privilege to operate boat when conviction made for reckless or negligent operation while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs; P.A. 81-423 inserted references to registration consistent with other sections of the act; P.A. 82-348, in conjunction with P.A. 82-223, deleted references to specific penalties in former Subsecs. (a) to (e) and provided (1) that any violation of a provision in part III of chapter 268 for which a penalty is not provided shall be an infraction and (2) an increase in fine for any person operating a vessel in violation of a court prohibition from one hundred to two hundred dollars; P.A. 89-388 amended Subsec. (b) to add provisions re violations in the first or second degree for consistency with legislative enactment of such violations in 1989.

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Sec. 15-157. Special acts and ordinances superseded. All special acts and municipal ordinances contrary to or inconsistent with the provisions of this part are superseded and shall be of no force or effect. No political subdivision of the state shall enact or attempt to enforce any ordinance or regulation respecting the licensing, registration or numbering of vessels or impose any fee for the right to operate a vessel on any waterway within its territorial limits.
(1961, P.A. 506, S. 24; P.A. 81-423, S. 17, 25.)
History: P.A. 81-423 inserted references to registration and replaced "motor boat(s)" with "vessel(s)" consistent with other sections of the act.

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Sec. 15-158 to 15-169. Reserved for future use.

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PART IV
DISCHARGE OF SEWAGE FROM VESSELS

Sec. 15-170. Discharge of sewage from vessels: Definitions. For the purposes of this section and sections 15-171 to 15-175, inclusive:
(a) "Discharge" means spill, leak, pump, pour, emit, empty or dump;
(b) "Docking facility" means any public, private or commercial marina, yacht club, dock, wharf or in-water mooring used for anchoring, berthing, mooring, serving or otherwise handling vessels, and includes a facility organized as a common interest community;
(c) "Marine sanitation device" means any equipment for installation on board a vessel which is designed to receive, retain, treat or discharge sewage;
(d) "Sewage" means human and animal excretions and domestic and manufacturing wastes in an amount which is determined by regulations adopted by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection to be detrimental to the public health;
(e) "Vessel" means every description of watercraft, other than a seaplane on water, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water; and
(f) "No discharge zone" means the following: In the town of Greenwich, all waters shoreward of a line running from Byram Point to Great Captain Island and Little Captain Island and from there to Flat Neck Point; in the city of Stamford, Stamford Harbor and Westcott Cove; in the city of Norwalk and the towns of Westport and Fairfield, all waters shoreward of a line running from Bell Island pole to Sheffield Island, to Hammock Island, to Copps Island, to Goose Island, to Cockenoe Island and thence to Cedar Point; in the town of Fairfield and the city of Bridgeport, Ash Creek and all waters shoreward of a line running from the point at Grover Hill to Penfield Reef and thence southwesterly to red bell buoy number 22 off Sunken Island and thence southwesterly to Cockenoe Island in Westport; in the towns of Fairfield and Stratford and in the city of Milford, all waters shoreward of a line running from Penfield Reef to Stratford Point, continuing north to Milford Point, to include all tidal waters of the Housatonic River north to the crossing of Interstate 95; in the city of Milford, Milford Harbor, from the southwest end of Silver Beach to Charles Island to Welsh's Point; in the cities of New Haven and West Haven, all waters shoreward of a line running from Lighthouse Point westerly to Bradley Point; in the town of Branford, Branford Harbor from Johnson Point to Clam Island to Linden Point and Thimble Islands; in the towns of Madison, Clinton and Westbrook, Clinton Harbor and Duck Island Roads; in the town of Groton, all waters shoreward of a line running from Groton Long Point to Morgan Point and thence to Mason Point; and the Connecticut River from the Bissell Bridge between Windsor and East Windsor south to its mouth, north of a line running from Lynde Point in Old Saybrook to Griswold Point in Old Lyme.
(P.A. 90-173, S. 1; P.A. 91-333, S. 3, 4.)
History: P.A. 91-333 amended the definition of "no discharge zone" to include certain waters off the town of Fairfield and Cockenoe Island in Westport.

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Sec. 15-171. Discharge within no discharge zone prohibited. No person shall discharge sewage from any vessel within a no discharge zone.
(P.A. 90-173, S. 2.)

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Sec. 15-172. Provision of pump-out facilities. (a) The commissioner may require any docking facility constructed with or expanded to one hundred fifty slips or more on or after October 1, 1990, and may, on or after the effective date of regulations adopted pursuant to section 15-174, order any docking facility in a no discharge zone with one hundred fifty slips or more or, if no docking facility has one hundred fifty slips, the docking facility with the greatest number of slips to (1) provide and operate pump-out facilities on the premises for marine sanitation device holding tanks or (2) have a valid contract for the use of a reasonably proximate pump-out facility. Nothing in this section shall be deemed to affect the authority of the commissioner under any other law.
(b) Prior to taking action pursuant to subsection (a) of this section with respect to any docking facility, the commissioner shall consider relevant facts and circumstances including but not limited to, the following: The size, type and number of vessels the docking facility can accommodate; the proximity and availability of other pump-out facilities off the premises; the location of the docking facility; the depth of the waters and general hydrological character of the area; the present and potential use of the area by vessels; recreational uses of the area; marine life of the area including, but not limited to, finfish, shellfish and wildlife; and water quality standards and criteria.
(P.A. 90-173, S. 3.)

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Sec. 15-173. Docking facility in violation of requirement or order deemed public nuisance. Civil and criminal penalties for violations. (a) Any docking facility in violation of any requirement or order of the commissioner issued pursuant to section 15-172 shall be deemed a public nuisance. The Attorney General shall, at the request of the commissioner, institute proceedings to enjoin or abate any such nuisance.
(b) Any person owning or operating a docking facility in violation of any requirement or order issued pursuant to section 15-172 or any regulation issued pursuant to section 15-174, or who commits, takes part in or assists in any violation of the terms or conditions of such requirement or order shall forfeit to the state a sum not to exceed ten thousand dollars, to be fixed by the court, for each offense. Each violation shall be a separate and distinct offense, and, in the case of a continuing violation, each day's continuance thereof shall be deemed to be a separate and distinct offense. The Attorney General shall, at the request of the commissioner, institute a civil action to recover such forfeiture.
(c) Any person who wilfully or with criminal negligence violates any provision of section 15-171 or 15-172 shall be fined not more than twenty-five thousand dollars per day for each day of violation or be imprisoned not more than one year or both. A subsequent conviction for any such violation shall carry a fine of not more than fifty thousand dollars per day for each day of violation or imprisonment for not more than two years or both. For the purposes of this subsection, "person" includes any responsible corporate officer.
(P.A. 90-173, S. 4.)

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Sec. 15-174. Regulations. The Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 to carry out the provisions of sections 15-170 to 15-173, inclusive. Such regulations may include: (1) Standards and criteria for the design and operation of pump-out facilities including, but not limited to, the specification of reasonable capacities, number of stations, methods of disposal and standards and criteria for marina sanitation facilities and (2) provisions for contracts for the use of reasonably proximate pump-out facilities.
(P.A. 90-173, S. 5.)

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Sec. 15-175. Penalty for misuse of or failure to equip vessel with marine sanitation device. (a) Any person owning or operating a vessel which is equipped with a marine sanitation device having any type of operational bypass connection, pump or other system allowing the direct or indirect discharge of untreated sewage and from which untreated sewage is discharged into the waters of this state shall have committed a class A misdemeanor.
(b) Any person owning or operating a vessel which is required to be equipped with a marine sanitation device in accordance with Section 312 of the federal Clean Water Act (33 USC 1322) and which is found without such equipment or with such equipment in a nonoperable condition shall have committed an infraction.
(P.A. 90-173, S. 6.)

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Sec. 15-176. Reasonable time for compliance with requirement or order. Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, if the commissioner requires or orders any person or docking facility to comply with the provisions of sections 15-170 to 15- 175, inclusive, such requirement or order shall specify a reasonable time for compliance, during which period no penalty shall be levied or assessed. In setting a reasonable time for compliance, the commissioner shall consider all relevant factors, including seasonal construction limitations.
(P.A. 90-173, S. 11.)

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