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