Police Patrolling lakes all summer
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.
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.
The police will be patrolling the waterways vigilantly this summer.