Arizona Revised Statutes § 5-391 Enforcement; Violation; Classification

5-391. Enforcement; violation; classification

A. Any person who violates any provision of this chapter, except section 5-341, subsection A, B, C or D, section 5-349, section 5-350, subsection C, section 5-393, 5-395, 5-396 or 5-397 and subsection C, D, G or H of this section or any rule issued thereunder, is guilty of a petty offense. Any person who violates section 5-350, subsection C is guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor.

B. All peace officers of the state, counties and cities shall enforce the provisions of this chapter and all laws and rules relating to the operation of watercraft.

C. In the enforcement of this chapter, the operator of the watercraft on being hailed by any peace officer shall stop immediately and lay to, or maneuver in such a way as to permit the peace officer to come aboard or alongside. The operator may be ordered ashore to correct any unlawful condition, issued a written warning or written repair order or issued a citation for any violation of this chapter.

D. An operator of a watercraft who wilfully flees or attempts to elude a pursuing law enforcement officer issuing an order pursuant to subsection C of this section is guilty of a class 5 felony. The law enforcement watercraft shall be appropriately marked to show that it is an official law enforcement watercraft.

E. In the enforcement of this chapter, sections 13-2506 and 13-3903 apply.

F. Each failure to obey an order or to comply with a warning order issued under subsection C of this section shall constitute a separate offense punishable as a separate violation of this chapter.

G. A person is guilty of a class 6 felony who knowingly removes, defaces, obliterates, changes, alters or causes to be removed, defaced, obliterated, changed or altered a factory, engine, serial, outdrive, lower unit, power trim or hull identification number or mark on a watercraft.

H. A person is guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor who:

1. Knowingly displays or has in the person's possession a fictitious, stolen, revoked or altered certificate of number, department issued number or annual decal.

2. Lends to or knowingly permits the use of the person's certificate of number, department issued number or annual decal on a watercraft for which those items have not been issued.

I. On receipt of notice of conviction of a person under subsection G or H of this section, the department may revoke the numbers and decals issued to the watercraft that was involved in the violation and any other watercraft owned by the person convicted.

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