Increased Impaired Boating Penalties Take Effect in North Carolina

December 6, 2016

Tougher penalties for boat operators impaired by alcohol or drugs who unintentionally kill or injure someone are among all or parts of a dozen new laws now in effect in North Carolina.

Provisions enacted during this year’s General Assembly and enforceable starting Thursday include the boating law, which was named in memory of a Concord teenager killed on Lake Norman in 2015.

Other actions by the legislature create a new criminal offense designed to address when parents transfer their child’s custody to someone else without legal justification like a formal adoption. It’s also now a misdemeanor to run small-time “beach bingo” operations without a license.

Gov. Pat McCrory highlighted Thursday in a news release a new farm law he says will help the state better respond to agricultural emergencies.

Topics North Carolina

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