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(a) (1) No person shall operate or permit the operation of a personal watercraft unless each person on the watercraft is wearing a Coast Guard approved wearable personal flotation device used in compliance with manufacturer labeling.
(2) A person operating a personal watercraft that is equipped by the manufacturer with a lanyard type engine cutoff switch shall attach the lanyard to the person, the person's clothing, or the personal flotation device as appropriate for the specific watercraft.
(3) No person shall operate a personal watercraft at any time between sunset and sunrise.
(4) No person who owns a personal watercraft or who has charge over or control of a personal watercraft shall authorize or knowingly permit the personal watercraft to be operated in violation of this chapter or Ohio R.C. Chapter 1547.
(b) This section does not apply to a person who is participating in a regatta, race, marine parade, tournament, or exhibition that is operated in accordance with Section 670.17 or Ohio R.C. 1547.20 or that is United States Coast Guard approved.
(R.C. § 1547.41)
(c) Whoever violates any of the provisions of this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor.
(R.C. § 1547.99(C))