The Governor of Ohio signed a bill into law on July 11 that becomes effective with the signing that establishes clear criteria for watercraft safety instructions before a recreational boat can be stopped and boarded on Lake Erie and other Ohio waters. In the past, water safety officers could stop a boat at any time for safety inspections.
bill, sponsored by Rep. Rex Damschroder, which went into effect with
the Governor's signature, establishes that a state or local law
enforcement officer will no longer have the authority to stop or board a
vessel to conduct a safety inspection. This bill should enhance the boating experience in Ohio.