New cam­eras to scut­tle boatie speed­sters

Marlborough Express - - NEWS - GE­OFF VAUSE

Marl­bor­ough speed­sters can ex­pect to be pinged on the wa­ter in the same way they are on land this sum­mer.

Fixed and hand-held cam­eras are to be rolled out at speed­ing hot spots in the Marl­bor­ough Sounds in the com­ing months.

Marl­bor­ough har­bour­mas­ter Luke Gro­gan said his team would be tar­get­ing the high risk ar­eas al­ready marked with yel­low 5-knot marker buoys.

‘‘We’ll be tak­ing a rigid en­force­ment ap­proach in those ar­eas with fixed and hand-held cam­eras, as well as en­forc­ing the har­bour by­laws gen­er­ally.’’

The myr­iad of wa­ter­ways in the Sounds was dif­fi­cult to po­lice where boatie speed­sters were con-

‘‘We’ll be iden­ti­fy­ing high risk ar­eas ... .’’ Luke Gro­gan, Marl­bor­ough har­bour­mas­ter

cerned, Gro­gan said.

‘‘The 5-knot rule in gen­eral ap­plies to speeds within 200 me­tres of shore. It can be hard to apply across the whole area with ge­og­ra­phy like the Sounds.’’

The new speed cam­era tech­nol­ogy would com­ple­ment what they were al­ready do­ing, he said.

‘‘We’ll be iden­ti­fy­ing high risk ar­eas and tak­ing a stronger ap­proach with ves­sels ex­ceed­ing the speed limit in those ar­eas to get them un­der con­trol.’’

‘‘That way we’ll get more bang for our buck in terms of ed­u­ca­tion and make the Sounds safer for ev­ery­one.

‘‘We’ve got kayaks, boats of all sizes, kids sail­ing - we’ll be mak­ing the rules clear with a rigid en­force­ment ap­proach.’’

Gro­gan said new led-light speed warn­ing signs would be in place near Shelley Beach to show boat­ies what speeds they were do­ing around Pic­ton Ma­rina. ‘‘We’re at the devel­op­ment stage with this at present, so we’re hir­ing the gear un­til we see how it works and how we can fine tune it.’’

The speed dis­play sign also had tech­nol­ogy that could mon­i­tor speeds and pho­to­graph boats, Gro­gan said.

‘‘We’re con­fi­dent the tech­nol­ogy will give us what we need to use as ev­i­dence for a pros­e­cu­tion or to sup­port and up­hold an in­fringe­ment no­tice.’’

PHOTO: JEF­FREY KITT/STUFF

Har­bour­mas­ter Luke Gro­gan and his crew are us­ing the lat­est hand-held and fixed speed cam­era tech­nol­ogy to catch speed­ster boat­ies this sum­mer.

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