The holiday break is a great time to be out appreciating the many waterways that the Sunshine Coast has on offer.
Whether it is fishing, enjoying water sports or simply a leisurely day with family or friends, it is imperative that safety on the waters is a primary concern.
Senior Constable Murray Lyons from Sunshine Coast Water Police said they hoped everyone would have a happy and safe holiday.
"Water Police hope that all boaties have a safe and enjoyable time on the Sunshine Coast waters over the Easter holidays and hope that they all take the extra effort to consider all the waterways users and their own safety,” Senior Constable Lyons said.
“Drink driving, safety equipment, speed and behaviour will be targeted over the Easter Holiday period."
Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs reduces your awareness and ability to boat safely.
Police conduct random breath testing and drug testing regularly.
The skipper is also responsible for the safety of passengers and their alcohol consumption.
The alcohol limit for skippers of recreational boats, is 0.05 BAC. This limit applies even when your boat is at anchor, unless the boat is securely moored in a marina, to a jetty or wharf or on a swing mooring.
There is zero tolerance for driving or boating under the influence of drugs.
Further information on alcohol limits, penalties and drug rules can be found on the Maritime Safety Queensland website here
The Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act 1994 imposes a general safety obligation on all vessel owners and operators, masters and crew to operate vessels safely always. This responsibility includes making sure the ship is:
- properly equipped and maintained
- operated in a safe manner. Remember to ensure that your boat has current registration.
The safety equipment that you need depends on the size your boat, whether it requires registration and the areas where it is operated. Remember to ensure that your boat is currently registered.
Maritime Safety Queensland outlines the required compulsory equipment as well as other equipment recommended to meet your general safety obligations.
You can find details of this equipment as well as other information here.
If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.
You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.