RBOC Urges Governor to Sign Vessel Operator Definition Fix

RBOC is urging Governor Gavin Newsom to sign into law AB 1183 [Ramos], legislation that would enhance safety on the state’s waterways by clarifying that an adult is responsible for supervising the children he or she allows to operate the vessel.

RBOC supports the provisions of AB 1183 that would revise the definition of “operator” of a vessel to mean the person aboard a vessel who meets any of the following:

  • Is steering the vessel while underway;

  • Is responsible for the operation of the vessel while underway; or

  • Is at least 18 years of age and is attentive and supervising the operation of the vessel by a person 12, 13, 14, or 15 years of age.

AB 1183 is sponsored by the California State Sheriffs Association.