SQ Police Beat
Police are reminding boaters to be proactive and alert when taking to the water this holiday season as well as during the rest of the summer.
Sûreté du Québec’s water patrol units are out in force on provincial lakes and rivers to ensure that laws that are designed to keep boaters and vacations safe are followed.
Last year SQ water patrol units issued nearly 800 tickets and gave another 3,700 warnings across Quebec.
And since prevention is usually the key to safety, police are also suggesting boaters adopt the following safety tips when on their crafts:
• Make sure all water crafts have proper safety equipment onboard, and that all equipment is checked before each departure.
• Ensure there are enough life jackets of adequate size for each person who will board the boat.
• Always have some form of communication, whether it be a cellular phone or a radio.
• Plan your itinerary and check the weather before leaving.
• Always have a map of the body of water that will be travelled.
• Inform someone of the planned trip. Include the itinerary, boat name and registration number, as well as the number of people that will be onboard.
• Take steps to prevent dehydration, heat stroke and hypothermia.
• Be aware of the impact of cold water immersion.
An SQ provincial boat safety effort that will be in effect until 2015 is based on education, prevention, intervention and communication.
Boaters are reminded to follow all laws and adopt safe habits when on the water. The fourth annual Hudson Car Show will be held on Saturday.