I got my first citation ever!!
I feel like an idiot. Got a citation tonight for not having my running lights out in time!! I’ve owned a boat since I was 15 (‘m 32 now) and have never, ever gotten one. Fished our of Four Corners and was fishing a hump in sight of the marina right before dark. I told my buddy that I needed to get the lights out and then he hooked a fish and I got the net and yada, yada, I forgot the lights because I could see fine. We cranked up and left to go home and I pulled into the no wake zone at 8:31 and that when I got busted. The officer told me that I had to have them on by law at sunset which was 8:09. I had everything else ready, life jackets, extinguishers, boaters ID etc. I thought I was getting off, right up until the point he wrote me the ticket.
He was just doing his job. But, I feel like a complete idiot. Freaking expensive. I can just pay $238 ($10 fine, $228 court cost) and mail it in or I can go to traffic court in Murfreesboro on a Wednesday morning, ask for boating school (which he recommended), and pay $99 and take a boating test.
I figure as much partying as we did on KY Lake in college, if I ever got one it would have been. GEEZ. first time for everything.
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