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Police urge boaters to follow boating laws and regulations on Canada Day and throughout summer

June 29, 2016

As summer approaches, the Cape Breton Regional Police remind boaters to stay safe on the water this season, emphasizing that everyone who operates a motorized pleasure craft must carry proof of competency – a Pleasure Craft Operator Card or other certificate of competency – on board at all times.

Members of the CBRPS Marine Unit will patrol waterways throughout summer months on boat and Sea-Doo – especially on holidays such as Canada Day, and on long weekends– to monitor boating practices and enforce laws and regulations. Fines will be issued to any offender found violating the laws and regulations. The CBRPS Marine Unit will be on the Mira River and Bras D’Or Lakes, as well as in and around the Sydney, North Sydney and Glace Bay harbour areas, right around to Louisbourg. Police will also have enforcement on the water to assist with special events.

Boaters should be aware of all safety requirements and regulations for operating their pleasure craft – for example, the appropriate number and size of lifejackets and the need to use navigational lights after dark and in the fog. Further information on the regulations for minimum safety requirements and other important details for boat users are available at www.boatingsafety.ca.

Police also remind boaters there is zero tolerance for impaired driving; similar to operating a motor vehicle, it is a Criminal Code offence to operate a boat while impaired by alcohol or drugs, punishable by the same penalties and consequences.

For more information on the CBRPS Marine Unit, visit: www.cbrps.ca/marine-unit.html