BLOW HERE: Senior Constable John Kernan has been conducting up to 30 random breath tests a day in the Gladstone waterways over the holiday period.
BLOW HERE: Senior Constable John Kernan has been conducting up to 30 random breath tests a day in the Gladstone waterways over the holiday period. Mike Richards GLAWPOL

Boaties keep on good behaviour over the holidays

THE boat ramps have been busy this holiday season and, according the Gladstone Water Police, the boaties have not been breaking the law.

The Gladstone Water Police have been checking up to 30 vessels a day and have been pleased with the people on board.

Gladstone Water Police officer-in-charge Sergeant Jeff Barnett said the boat safety message was getting through to people.

"So far we haven't had any troubles out on the water," he said.

"The majority of the boating public know what is expected of them and follow the rules.

He said they had some problems with jet skis out on the dam.

"There is a new six knots zone and they were going too quickly through there," he said.

"We resolved that situation with a bit of education to the public."

Senior Constable John Kernan said their regular New Year's Eve patrols were a success. "We patrol South End and The Oaks on New Year's Eve and there weren't any issues with people letting of fireworks or causing trouble," he said.

"I've also been breathalysing drivers and so far had zero positive tests." Sgt Barnett said it was still important to have a safety plan with fewer boats on the water after the holidays.

campbell.gellie@gladstoneobserver.com.au



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