Town of Smithfield, RI
Providence County
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[Adopted 8-10-1954 (Ch. 6, Art. II, of the 1985 Code of Ordinances)]
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
Includes any boat with either an inboard or an outboard motor, which is powered by gasoline or any other fuel.
Includes all lakes, rivers, streams, ponds or other bodies of water located within or partly within the boundaries of the Town of Smithfield.
Editor's Note: State law reference - Definitions, G.L. 1956, § 46-22-2.
This article, relating to the operation of motorboats upon waters within the boundaries of the Town, is adopted for the purpose of promoting the general health, safety and welfare of the Town.
Motorboat operators shall obey lawful directions given to them by any police officer or constable of the Town in the enforcement of the provisions of the article and shall immediately upon being instructed by any police officer or constable of the Town desist from any violation of this article.
No motorboat, while being operated upon waters within the Town, shall pass closer to a bathing area on the shores of said waters than a distance of 50 feet therefrom.
[Amended 6-22-1982]
No person, while operating a motorboat upon waters within the Town, shall engage in racing with any other boat.
[Amended 6-22-1982]
No person shall operate any motorboat or vessel, or manipulate any water skis, surfboard or similar device, in a reckless manner so as to endanger the life, limb or property of another.[1]
Editor's Note: State law reference - Reckless operation of boats, etc., G.L. 1956, § 46-22-9.
[Amended 6-22-1982]
No person, who operates a motorboat on waters in the Town, shall operate his motorboat at a rate of speed which endangers persons or property, and he shall slow to a speed not exceeding eight miles per hour when passing other boats which are not propelled by mechanical means.