Hamilton police emphasizing boat safety ahead of Victoria Day long weekend

The May long weekend marks the unofficial start of the boating season, and the Hamilton Police Marine Unit is reminding boaters to keep safety in mind as they head out on the water.

Const. Ben Rushton said the marine unit is already out in Hamilton Harbour and Lake Ontario conducting routine safety checks. He said most offenses on the water start at fines of about $240.

“We already have issued some fines this season, as well as some warnings, and we will do the same thing throughout the season,” said Rushton. “The majority of stops we do on the water, we do usually find something — at least one thing, sometimes more that are missing or not in good working order.”

Lisa Polewski / 900 CHML

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