Latest Oklahoma Boating Law Affects Children 12 to 16

Young boaters hitting state lakes this Memorial Day weekend may have to hit the books first.

A new law enacted January 1st requires children younger than 16 to be certified before they operate certain types of watercraft.

The boating safety education act requires that children ages 12 to 16 receive training and certification before they operate any watercraft with engines greater than ten horsepower. The law also bans anyone under 12 from operating a personal watercraft alone.

While operating on the water, they youngsters must carry their certification with them. Highway Patrol Trooper Tony Richardson says many people may not be aware of the new law. He says lake patrol officers will use the holiday weekend to educate lakegoers on the law.