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Boaters ticketed for safety violations

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Jun 09, 2014 - 3:32 PM |
Greater Sudbury Police Service issued a number of offence notices to boaters on Ramsey Lake on June 6. File photo.

Greater Sudbury Police Service issued a number of offence notices to boaters on Ramsey Lake on June 6. File photo.

Greater Sudbury Police Service's marine unit issued a number of offence notices to boaters on Ramsey Lake on June 6.

Eight vessels were stopped and checked for safety equipment compliance.

Common offences issued include failing to have an approved floatation device (life-jacket), failing to have a sound signalling device, failing to have a buoyant heaving line (floating rope), failing to have a bailer, and failing to surrender a pleasure craft operator card.

Greater Sudbury Police Service reminds boaters the Traffic Management Unit and the Rural Squad Marine Units will be actively patrolling local waterways throughout the season. Boaters are asked to ensure they have all the required safety equipment on board and readily accessible. Also avoid high-risk boating behaviours just as high speeds, alcohol/drug use and distracted driving.

Operators are reminded to refer to the Safe Boating Guide produced by Transport Canada.

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