Boaties advised to check the decks this weekend

29 September 2017

The first of the statewide boating safety campaigns rolls into compliance phase from Saturday, coinciding with spring weather, the October long weekend and the start of the new boating season.

Roads and Maritime Services Executive Director Maritime Angus Mitchell said Operation Safe Water: Check the Decks involves Roads and Maritime Services’ Boating Safety Officers patrolling the bays, harbours, dams and lakes of NSW and randomly checking boat operators to check they are following safe boating regulations.

“Safety is the number one priority for Roads and Maritime and this NSW on-water compliance effort will continue until the end of Monday 2 October,” Mr Mitchell said.

“This is not a drill – if we find boats with safety deficiencies such as not displaying navigational lights when required or boaties not wearing or carrying lifejackets when required, they will be fined.

“The operation aims to reinforce the overarching lifejacket message of ‘Wear a Lifejacket – Look after it and it will look after you’ as well as encourage all recreational operators to ensure appropriate safety equipment maintenance and trip preparation takes place before heading out on to the water.

“Roads and Maritime will be working closely with NSW Police and carrying out random breath testing on the water. Anyone operating a boat needs to ensure they are under the 0.05 blood alcohol limit – it’s easy to remember as it is the same as on the road.

“Boating is a popular pastime with almost half a million active boat licences in NSW, many thousands more who enjoy boating as passengers or crew and almost 240,000 registered vessels.

“In addition to a statewide maritime compliance effort this weekend, there will also be an increased presence of Boating Safety Officers in the Clarence patrolling the Grafton/ Yamba area to ensure the best safety and on water traffic management for the Bridge to Bridge Ski Classic this Saturday and Sunday,” Mr Mitchell said.

For advice on maritime safety regulations, view Roads and Maritime Services Maritime.

Media: ROADS AND MARITIME SERVICES MEDIA UNIT 9462 6299   media@rms.nsw.gov.au    facebook.com/NSWRoads 

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