Crackdown on our waterways
POLICE cracking down on dangerous activity on our waterways doled out six infringement notices over the weekend.
Compared to figures last year where 128 marine infringement notices were issued in the whole region in 2009, it was a warning to all boaties to be aware that safety issues do apply on the water.
Fines for a marine infringement start at $200 and can be handed out for safety issues from children not wearing lifejackets to people waterskiing too close to other boats.
From the Ski Gardens in Rockhampton to boaties on The Causeway Lake, officer-in-charge of Yeppoon Water Police, Sergeant Shaun Halson said the six infringements last weekend were the result of an increase in patrol activity in the region.
Sergeant Halson said because of an increase in complaints at The Causeway Lake, police would be further increasing patrols, which include random breath tests, in that region.
“There are too many boats trying to compete for space,” Sergeant Halson said.