State-wide marine compliance operation, NSW

Police have stopped nearly 500 vessels during a two-day marine compliance operation across the state’s waterways at the weekend, NSW Police say.

Officers attached to the Marine Area Command conducted a high-visibility proactive operation on Saturday (29 September 2018) and Sunday (30 September 2018), targeting vessel safety, safe navigation, speeding, alcohol and drug-related crime and anti-social behaviour.

During the operation, police conducted more than 470 marine random breath tests and six marine mobile drug tests.

Additionally, more than 480 vessel checks were conducted with 13 boating infringement notices issued.

Rock fishing lifejacket enforcement patrols were conducted with one infringement notice issued.

The operation also included fisheries checks and boat ramp, wharf and marina patrols.

Marine Area Commander, Detective Superintendent Mark Hutchings said further operations will be conducted.

“This is the first marine enforcement operation conducted this boating season and we targeted waterways across the state, including Sydney Harbour, Port Stephens, Kiama, Shoalhaven, Batemans Bay, Eden, and Broken Bay,” Det Supt Hutchings said.

“Police will continue to ensure everyone is safe this boating season by targeting unsafe, dangerous and anti-social behaviour on the waterways.

“One of the most important messages to all water users is to wear a life jacket; it will save your life.”

Anyone with information about marine compliance issues is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

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