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Water Safety Violations

A. Equipment
Violation CodeViolation DescriptionStatutory / Regulatory Reference
100 Fail to wear Personal Flotation Device (PFD) on PWC Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.106
101 Lanyard or cut-off switch on PWC not attached to operator Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.106
102 No flame arrestor or backfire trap Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.068
103 Insufficient number of PFDs Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.066
Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.073
104 PFD not readily accessible Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.066 
Tex. Parks & Wild. Code  § 31.073
105 Child not wearing PFD on Class A or Class 1 motorboat Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.066
106 Improper lights on vessel Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.064 
Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.073
107 No/improper mirror or no observer 13 years of age or older Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.071
108 No whistle or other sound-producing device Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.065
109 No/improper fire extinguisher Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.067
110 Fire extinguisher not readily accessible or not serviceable Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.067
111 Improper ventilation equipment Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.069
112 No exhaust water manifold/muffler Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.070
113 Give permission to operate w/o required equipment Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.062
114 No type IV PFD Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.066
115 Permit person under 13 YOA onboard a sailboat or paddlecraft without wearing a PFD Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.066
116 Improper type/size of PFD Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.066

Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.073
199 Any other water safety equipment violation Applicable cite

 

B. Operational
Violation CodeViolation DescriptionStatutory / Regulatory Reference
200 Operate PWC within a prohibited area Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.106
201 Operate PWC between sunset & sunrise Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.106
202 Boating while intoxicated (BWI) Tex. Penal Code § 49.06
203 BWI-Intoxication Assault Tex. Penal Code § 49.07
204 BWI-Intoxication Manslaughter Tex. Penal Code § 49.08
205 Reckless operation & excessive speed Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.096
206 Operate vessel in restricted area Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.102
207 Violate US Coast Guard Inland Rules Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.093
208 Reckless or negligent operation Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.094
209 Excessive speed Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.095
210 Tow from ½ hr. after sunset to ½ hr. before sunrise Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.103
211 Fail to tow skier in careful or prudent manner Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.103
212 Interfere with markers/aids to navigation/boat ramp Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.100
213 Hazardous wake or wash Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.098
214 Obstruct passage in traveled portion of river/channel/boat ramp Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.101
215 Circular course around individual engaged in a water activity Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.099
216 Swim or dive within 200 yards of excursion boat Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.099
217 PWC operated within 50 ft. in excess of headway speed Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.106
218 PWC operator under 13 years of age not accompanied by person 18 yrs of age who is lawful to operate Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.106
219 Towing (ski, etc.) with a PWC designed to carry less than 2 persons Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.106
220 PWC jumping a wake recklessly or too close to another vessel Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.106
221 PWC-operator swerve at last moment to avoid collision Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.106
222 Operate vessel within diver down flag area Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.1021
223 Fail to reduce power for Police Water Safety Vessel Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.123
224 Boating under influence (Minor) Tex. Alco. Bev. Code  § 106.041
225 Watercraft over 15 hp operator under 13 years of age not accompanied by person 18 years of age who is lawful to operate Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.107
226 Evading arrest or detention on a watercraft (State Jail Felony) Tex. Penal Code § 38.04
227 Aid/Encourage operation in violation of PWC § 31.106  Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.106
299 Any other operational water safety violation Applicable cite

 

C. Registration/Titling
Violation CodeViolation DescriptionStatutory / Regulatory Reference
300 Unregistered vessel Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.021
301 Fail to have certificate of number on board Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.028
302 Fail to show certificate of number to officer Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.124
303 Fail to properly display valid registration number/validation decal Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.032
304 Operate/give permission to operate vessel with invalid registration number Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.021
305 Unauthorized number displayed on side of the bow Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.033
306 Manufacturer or dealer - fail to apply for purchaser within 20 days after sale Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.046
307 Deface/alter certificate of number or number on bow of a vessel Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.033
308 Fail to notify of change in ownership within reasonable time Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.037
309 Fail to notify of address change within reasonable time Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.038
310 Possess vessel or motor with HIN or serial number destroyed, removed, altered, defaced Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.043
311 Destroy, remove, alter, deface HIN or O/B motor serial number Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.043
312 No Marine License (Dealer, Distributor, Manufacturer) Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.041
313 Marine License Use Violation Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.041
314 Any Other Marine License Violation Applicable cite
315 Marine Licensee: No numbers displayed on vessel Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.041
31 Tex. Admin. Code § 55.130(c)(2)
316 Marine Licensee: No validation decals Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.041
31 Tex. Admin. Code § 55.130(e)
317 Marine Licensee: No validation card Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.041
31 Tex. Admin. Code § 55.130(d)
318 Marine Licensee: Exceed vessel use limitations Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.041
31 Tex. Admin. Code § 55.130(h)
319 Marine Licensee: Daily log violation 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 55.130(f)
320 Marine Licensee: Show, Demonstrate, Test w/o valid marine license 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 55.130(h)
321 Marine Licensee: Legitimate business activities use violation 31 Tex. Admin. Code § 55.130(h)
322 Display of a registration decal that is altered, fraudulent, or issued under the certificate of number of another vessel Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.033
323 Sale of a vessel or motor with HIN or serial number destroyed, removed, altered or defaced (Class A Misdemeanor) Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.043(c-1)
399 Any other titling/registration violation Applicable cite

 

D. Boat Livery
Violation CodeViolation DescriptionStatutory / Regulatory Reference
400 Operate or give permission to operate vessel w/o required equipment Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.062
401 Give permission to operate vessel w/o proper registration or w/o proper display of numbers Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.021
402 Fail to obtain certificate of number for rented vessel Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.040
403 Fail to keep rental records for 6 months Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.040
Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.111(c)
404 Operate vessel livery w/o liability insurance Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.111(a)
405 Rent vessel w/o providing required instruction to operator Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.111(b)
406 Fail to require operator signature on instruction acknowledgement form Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.11(c)
407 Party Boat: No Operator's License Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.173
408 Party Boat: Owner fail to provide required staff Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.173(a)
409 Party Boat: Exceed number of passengers Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.174(1)
410 Party Boat: Operate w/o adequate land communication Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.174(2)
411 Party Boat: No annual inspection Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.174(3)
412 Party Boat: Fail to provide passengers wtih safety information Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.175(a)
413 Party Boat: Liability insurance violation Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.175(c)
414 Party Boat: Staff drug or alcohol test refusal/violation Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.178
498 Party Boat: Any other violation Applicable cite
499 Any other boat livery violation Applicable cite

 

E. Boat Accident
Violation CodeViolation DescriptionStatutory / Regulatory Reference
500 Fail to render aid to affected persons Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.104
501 Fail to exchange required information Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.104
502 Failure to report to the department a boat accident within 30 days Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.105

 

F. Boater Education
Violation CodeViolation DescriptionStatutory / Regulatory Reference
600 Violate Boater Education requirements Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.109
601 Fail to complete Boater Education Course within 90 days Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.131

 

G. Miscellaneous
Violation CodeViolation DescriptionStatutory / Regulatory Reference
700 Refuse to obey directions of an enforcement officer Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.124
701 Failure to appear: water safety violation Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.125
702 Fail to comply with TCEQ regulation on sewage disposal for boats. Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.129
703 Violate local regulation/ordinance adopted under Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.092 Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.092
704 Motorboat sales tax violation Tex. Tax Code  § 160
705 Fail to display/expired TCEQ Clean Water Decal Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 31.129
799 Any other water safety violations Applicable cite
H. Floating Cabins
Violation CodeViolation DescriptionStatutory / Regulatory Reference
800 Own/Maintain/Use without Permit Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 32.051
801 Falsify Application Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 32.053(b)
802 Fail to Display / Permit Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 32.056
803 Improperly Marked Cabin Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 32.101
804 Fail to Exhibit White Light Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 32.101
805 Exceed Permitted Size Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 32.104
806 Violate Marine Sanitation Device Requirements Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 32.105
807 Unlawful Discharge Human Waste Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 32.106
808 Locate Cabin in Prohibited Area Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 32.107
809 Obstruct Navigation Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 32.108
810 Damage Oyster Reef, Serpulid Reef or Seagrass Beds Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 32.108
811 Rest on Bottom/Shoreline at High Tide Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 32.108
812 Fail to Remove Cabin After Notice Tex. Parks & Wild. Code § 32.154

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