Loud nighttime boaters face fines under bill approved by Burgum
BISMARCK — North Dakota boaters on a nighttime cruise face fines if they don't keep quiet under a bill approved by Gov. Doug Burgum Tuesday, April 23.
Senate Bill 2342 prohibits boats from producing noises in excess of 88 decibels for more than 10 minutes between midnight and 5 a.m. The noise level must be measured from the shoreline.
According to Purdue University, 88 decibels is equivalent to a propeller plane flyover at 1,000 feet.
Violators of the new law face a $50 fine.
Boaters will have some leeway early this summer, however. The bill takes effect Aug. 1.