Boaties warned to watch speed

NSW Maritime will target speed on North Coast waterways this Easter long weekend.

NSW Maritime chief executive Steve Dunn said it was important boaters had an enjoyable and safe Easter and operated at a safe speed for the conditions, which was a key part of every skipper’s responsibility.

“We’re reminding people that speeding on the water can have the same result as speeding on the road – it can kill,” Mr Dunn said.

“But where speed limits are signposted on all roads and there are some local speed limits on our waterways, the general rule for skippers is they must keep to a speed that is safe for the conditions.

“This means the skipper must be constantly aware of the conditions on the water, including visibility, hazards to navigation and the impact on other boats, especially from wake.

“Every skipper must understand the limits of the vessel and take responsibility for adjusting speed to suit the conditions.

Mr Dunn said NSW Maritime would also be keeping a close eye on “wash” – the waves created by boats.

“When in a no-wash zone, stay at walking speed and look behind the boat to see whether you’re affecting other boats, as well as jetties, pontoons and the riverbank environment.

On-the-spot fines of up to $500 can be issued for excessive wash and speed,” Mr Dunn said.



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