Po­lice Pa­trolling lakes all sum­mer

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS -

Last Fri­day, the Sureté du Que­bec de­ployed its spe­cial re­cre­ation/touris­tic pa­trol unit on Lake Mem­phrem­a­gog to look for people driv­ing boats un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol or drugs. Dur­ing the oper­a­tion, there were pa­trollers on the wa­ter as well as on the roads near the wharfs in Fitch Bay, Ge­orgeville and Og­den, also mak­ing rou­tine checks for re­quired equip­ment etc.

In Que­bec, it is not il­le­gal to con­sume al­co­hol on a boat, even a mo­tor­ized one. Nev­er­the­less, those that con­sume al­co­hol on boats con­sid­er­ably in­crease the risk of death and they may be fined if they ex­ceed the le­gal limit. Any­one whose abil­ity to drive a boat has been af­fected by the con­sump­tion of al­co­hol or drugs or who has more than 80 mil­ligrams of al­co­hol per 100 milliliters of blood can be fined or im­pris­oned.

Sur­veil­lance op­er­a­tions such as this one will take place dur­ing the course of the sum­mer to en­sure that the crim­i­nal code is re­spected and that the wa­ters are safe for recre­ation­ists.

Photo cour­tesy

Seen here are (left to right) Chris­tine Me­u­nier, com­mu­nity or­gan­iser with the CSSSM;

Stan­ley Lake, the pres­i­dent of Mai­son Soleil; and Jo­ce­lyn Jus­saume, a di­rec­tor of spe­cial projects with the Mem­phré­m­a­gog CLD.

Photo cour­tesy

The po­lice will be pa­trolling the wa­ter­ways vig­i­lantly this sum­mer.

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