I am trying to determine which states have a state law or regulation regarding the use of ECOS, specifically wearing of the lanyard, that coincides with the USCG regulations. In those states that do have a law in place, I would like to make contact with you to discuss in more detail. Thank you.
Good morning Lieutenant Forest,
As a provider that teaches the Connecticut course, we have NOT adopted the USCG law.
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As a provider that teaches the Connecticut course, we have adopted the USCG law in 2021. We teach these bullet points and I have no feed back from a law enforcement standpoint but thought this might be of a little help.
Operators must be electronically linked or attached via the lanyard to the Engine Cut Off Switch
This applies to:
Wisconsin currently only requires an ECOS for personal watercraft operation. I'm hopeful to get our legislature interested in taking on this topic but I'm not sure if they are going to be willing this session or not.
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Good day Lt.
NJ has a rule in place for power vessels and a law for PWCs. I have included both for your review. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need further clarification or assistance.
13:82-1.15 Lanyard cut-off switchThe operator of a vessel equipped with a lanyard cut-off switch shall wear the safety switch lanyardat all times when the vessel is in operation.
§ 12:7-64. Requirements for operator of personal watercraftA person operating a personal watercraft shall at all times:(a) Wear the safety switch lanyard while the personal watercraft is underway, providedthat the personal watercraft is equipped with such a lanyard cut-off device; and(b) Proceed at a safe speed that shall allow the person operating the personal watercraft totake proper and effective action to avoid collision and to stop the personal watercraftwithin a safe distance, as may be appropriate under prevailing circumstances andconditions.
In December 2022, USCG BSX-2 sent a letter to the BLAs from all 56 state and territory's providing guidance on the legislative actions that need to be taken in order to comply with federal laws/regulations. In addition to the ECOS laws, we also included reference to the newest requirements for fire protection on recreational boats. Should you have specific questions regarding your state's ECOS laws or the letter, please contact your BLA. The BLAs can always reach out to their State Program Coordinator (SPC) in the Program & Ops Management Branch (BSX-21).
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