Fines of up to $500 issued in crackdown on unsafe and anti-social behaviour on Botany Bay, Georges River and Port Hacking

St Geogre and Sutherland Shire Leader. By Murray Trembath.

Twenty-nine fines of up to $500 were handed out for unsafe and antisocial behaviour by jet-ski riders and “boaties” on Botany Bay, Georges River and Port Hacking last weekend.

The most common offences were speeding, not carrying correct safety equipment and not wearing a lifejacket when boating alone.

NSW Maritime boating safety officers, on jet-skis and patrol boats, carried out 368 inspections.

In addition to fines, 21 official cautions were issued.

Penalties include:

  • Vessels Speeding – $100 for speed under 10 knots (more than the speed limit) and $250 for over 10 knots (more than the speed limit).
  • PWCs (jet-skis) speeding – $250 for under 10 knots (over the speed limit) and $500 for 10 knots (over the speed limit).
  • Not Carrying correct safety equipment – $100 single item and $250 multiple items or $250 for any lifejacket offence.
  • Not wearing a lifejacket when boating alone – $250.

The operation, called Tow the Line, was also conducted on other waterways in Sydney and the Central Coast.

Read the full story at The Leader.

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